Opened by Scotty at Simo. Second time I've had this wine in the last two years, and this was much worse than the prior bottle. Still a good wine, but not enough cherry, game and pepper I discerned in the previous bottle, and too much stewed tomatoes for my tastes.
Courtesy of Scott McDonald. Notes of red currant, dusty red fruit, garrigue, leather and earth. Fully-integrated and balanced, with red fruit, herbs, lavender, earth and white pepper. Long finish. This is drinking at peak in my opinion. Thank you, Scott!
This wine is like an old pair of jeans. Comfortable, reassuring and relaxed. Just a beautiful wine showing all the classic elements of CdP. The fruit has matured and this wine is in it's glory days (though it really never shut down since its release). The Pegau funk is there yet not nearly as funky as other vintages (again something I enjoy rather than criticize). Structurally, this wine retains acidity with resolved tannins and a velvety mouth feel. Served blind, guesses were Italian and Rhone. In a flight with 00 Janasse Chaupin. Paired with wild boar shoulder, hoisin, mushroom foam.
From magnum with French labels. Decanted 30 minutes. Great showing, All the great elements of my last note, with maybe just a little more dark fruit and no dryness at all. Holding up better in this format and still drinking the best of all the Pegaus right now in my opinion. A
Northern vs Southern Rhones (Brooklyn Wine Exchange (BWe)): Decanted for 1 hour. Beautiful ruby color, initial nose showed a spicy red fruit core with hints of pepper. The palate shows beautifully, fresh spicy fruit core, integrated tannins, balanced, with a lively texture and persistant finish, just delicious.
From Vineyard Road lot (purchased on release and cellared since). Popped and decanted at room temperature. We got right into this and, like all the Vineyard Road bottles, this is in great shape and drinking really well. Wonderful wine with all the expected elements, and just great balance, that always scores a tad lower when I drink bottles I purchased from other sources - including from some very good cellars - but the Vineyard Road bottles are great, and I wish I had more of them. A
Popped and poured. This is a solid ruby wine with some mild sediment at the end. On the nose, this is a bit stinky at first, but that blows off to leave some good herbs underneath. In the mouth, this is smooth and lush, with some modest fruit, structured acid, and mild tannin. The finish is somewhat plummy. Overall, this is nice aged CdP. It is delicious but a bit lacking in intensity. Ready now. 92 points.
Opened 4 bottles for our dinner (22 people). There was very minor bottle variation in 3 that were all excellent. The 4th bottle concerned me at first with not much in the nose other than a metallic note but there was a bit of Pegau funk and red berry fruit. That funk/garrigue, and dark berry was more evident in the other bottles along with leather, and nice spicy note .. after a 2 hour decant the 4th bottle had closed the gap and all showed very nicely with a beautiful complexity of flavors typical of Pegau- red berries, herbs and a touch of garrigue. Great mouthcoating texture and moderate weight and finish. The fruit seems to have faded since my last sampling of this vintage so thinking it would be wise to enjoy the rest sooner rather than later.
Decanted 1hour. Fine color with only a little garnet at the edge. Very perfumed upon openng with quite a bit of brett (which blew off after about 40 minutes), leather, raw beef, bacon grease, forest duff, mushrooms, cigar smoke and anise. Medium bodied, elegant and expressive with fruit and acid in good harmony. This is not as big, meaty and dense as some other vintages e.g. 1989, which is perhaps my favorite, but beauifully crafted with black raspberry, interesting minerality, kirsch and white pepper. I think it comes up a tad short mid-palate—fruit may be on its way out?—but the finish is very, very long. Drunk over 2 hours with Thomas Keller's Slow Cooker Cassoulet (recommended BTW as an “easy, rustic” cassoulet), the wine was a perfect match. Pegau continues to be one of my favorite wines.
The 2000 Pégau Réservée is at a beautiful stage of its evolution, bursting from the glass with ripe and sauvage aromas of plum, ethereal red cherry, herbs, woodsmoke and game. On the palate the wine is wide open, and quite open-knit in style, but with exceptional depth and intensity to the very complex flavors. This is just what I'm looking for in a bottle of Pégau, and a beautiful exemplar of this relatively forward vintage.
CDP and Spain, Plus Whites (Rincon 38, Mpls, MN): Very dark red color. PNP, drank 1 glass over an hour plus. Gorgeous, deep and earthy on the nose and palate, very floral on the nose, violets, ripe berry, cherry bon bon, earthy, blueberry, herb de Provence. The tannins are still moderate but rounded and this has a great deep earthiness to blend with the deep red and blue fruits, Bub's Daddy cherry palate, herbs, and a savory finish. Still youthful.
From the most recent auction purchase, from a good cellar, this was as previous bottles from this lot showed - good, well made wine, that is still showing its dark fruit and game, but just a bit short of great and time to drink up. A-
Just entering its 3rd phase. Upon opening the funk is still there and quite strongly. Some like it and think that it adds another dimension to the wine, but for me quite the opposite, I do not appreciate it that much. About an hour later in the decanter it is all gone, thank goodness! The color is starting to be a bit more transparent than a few years ago, and approaching red brick color and the nose is of a beautiful pot pourri of flowers, wet earth and fruits, mingling with smoked bacon as well as a faint bit of soy sauce. On the palate, surprisingly tart texture, and not at all heavy headed, in fact the texture has gained in transparency/lightness that I definitely welcome and the flavors are of lavender, mix of red flowers, leather, wet earth and definitely smoky leaves and lavender leaves predominantly. This really has gained in finesse but the after a generous sip goes down a good gripping tanin from the wood leaves the palate quite dry and which did appear in the mid palate. Over all a beautiful example of this winery which for strange reasons is not that much appreciated in France... Cheers,
This was a nice CdP but far below my hopes for this bottling. In fast it was my last of a 6 pack and I would say the least enjoyable of the lot. Seemed that the acidity was overshadowing the fruit and the wine was a bit out of balance. Based on my notes my best bottle was about 18 months ago. Not sure if the wine is in a bit of a dumb phase or if it is fading?
Bottle with the Allyn and Scott shipping label, not from my original purchase. Decanted 30 minutes. This was good, but with a bit more tannin, some slighly drying, than bottles from my original purchase. Still very good, and maybe a longer decant would have helped, but I worry this lot might be drying out a bit and best drunk now. B+/A-
Popped and poured to accompany burgers on the grill. Garnet color. Nose of garrigue, pepper, strawberry, thyme, lavender stalks. Striking peppery red fruit on the palate, mostly plum and strawberry, laced with garrigue and briar. Moderately acidic and surprisingly fresh and young, with resolved tannins and modest structure. Long finish of tangy red fruit with nice grip at the end. Very much alive and full of hearty pleasure. Could age a bit more but probably just past peak.
Bottle from the original Vineyard Road lot. Decanted 30 minutes. Wonderful showing, with ripe cherry fruit, CDP barnyard, and a long finish showing some licorice and spice. In a great spot, and will probably hold, but would drink now. A-/A
Terrific, classicaly chateauneuf with herbs, barnyard, cherries and grilled meats on the nose. Medium body and medium length. Fully integrated tannins. Of the reds consumed this evening, the most disappointing bottle.
Slow ox for an hour then decanted at The Little Door for an hour. Funky right at opening but blew off within half an hour. No noticeable bricking, clear garnet almost see-through. Medium body, firm tannins, good acidity, lots of meat and tar on the palate. In comparison to the 2005, this vintage is less fruit forward, better structured, better with food. I recommend short decant if you like to taste fruits. The tar and cigar became really prominent after 3 hours in the decanter. Enjoy!
PnP (No choice, but was pretty ready on opening). Remarkably similar to my note of 5 years ago although I could sense that the tannins were a bit more resolved as the finish had a creamy/soft feeling beneath the still firm tannins. Nose was fully evocative, rich, deep and varied. Palate had weighty fruit, penetration, length, complexity and balance (good acidity). Lacked finesse, tension and etoh was noticeable on finish. Enormously pleasurable.
Ruby (deeper than the VT from the same vintage). Some brett and grilled meat. Meatier and darker character fruit than that wine with tree bark and a more sauvage aspect. Shows more youthful and less evolved than the VT. These 2 wines were good foils for one another.
Unchanged from a year ago, this has everything one is looking for in a classical chateauneuf; the lush sweetness of the grenache, the garrigue, that adds locale, the balance and the harmony. This is a point right now, but my guess is, that it will stay there for 5 years. So while this is mature, no hurry drink. Loving it.
Surprised how resolved this wine is. Opened and decanted for sediment, and then back in the bottle for 4 hours. Expressive nose with just a hint of barnyard. Color is just beginning to fade a bit. Flavors lean more to brighter fruit and hints of spices. Great food wine. Based on this bottle and other notes, I think it is time to drink over next five years.
In a good place now. First sip at cellar temperature was very austere and tannic, was a bit worried. But quickly realised what was wrong and so warmed it up slightly and it made such a big difference. Great balance. Tip for the day, don't drink this wine cold...
Lots of life in this one. Still a very dark garnet color. And still opaque with good viscosity. Really classic CdP nose with herbs, garrigue, and juicy red berries. Sweet perfume, even hauntingly expressive in it.s purity. Fabulous on the palate. Doesn't seem like much at first, but then it builds and builds and fills every corner of your mouth with rich, sweet fruit. Nice rich texture and fabulous complexity. I'd say this is right in its sweet spot. I'd drink it right now because there's no reason to wait--the tannins are fully resolved and it still has all of its fruit, with a combination of primary but mostly secondary aromas and tastes. Delightful! Much better than my '98s. 5-14-17-9: 95/100.
At Bistro Jeanty, drank among a table of big wines (mostly European) Palate cleansing exercise after three days of big Cabs. This is a great and knowledgeable crew of wine friends, brought this one based on my last bottle and it did not dissapoint.
Consistent with prior notes - Color is medium brick/red, mild bricking at the rim. Dark fruits, burnt sugar, Provencal herbs - Sweet cherry/grenache, garrigue, spices, cinnamon, sweet plums, cola, faint vanilla. Long and sweet finish, medium weight, sweet and moderate tannins.
Decanted for two hours, black fruit and solid kirsch notes on the nose. Initially, a bright palate of mixed red and black bramble fruit, cola, Asian spice and a touch of Brett. After decanting, more muted, dark fruit predominant, with an almost olive character. I think it's time to drink up.
The nose was huge and fabulous, with musky crushed berries and loads of herbs. Delicious and sweet on the palate, but lacking a bit of structure (tannins are resolved and acid is low). Makes for fun, easy drinking now, but I don't see the stamina here for the long haul or much more complexity emerging with cellar time.
I love this bottle of wine. Starting to brown on the edges and dark red in color. When first decanted had a strong nose of cherry, spice, garrigue and raw meat. After an hour in the decanter the nose was muted with herbs and white pepper. We served this with grilled pork tenderloin, mushrooms and roasted butternut squash. Very balanced with Sweet tobacco, red fruit, and burnt sugar.
Rather mute nose with a hint of kirsch and pepper. Better flavour, dark roasted fruits, pepper, brooding. Over time the fruit seems to fade leaving the tannin quite prominent and a bit dry.I like this wine less and less as the years go by. I much preferred it around 2006/07.
4th Saturday Annual Champagne Event (Sue & Mike's): Decanted for an hour or so, if that, this wasn't as expressive or complete as a bottle opened last month by Wine Sparty. Dark fruit and spice tones on the nose and palate. Nicely balanced across the palate, ending with good length and flavors of red berries and meat.
Classic nose of meaty black cherry fruit. A silky mouthfeel indicative of maturity. Compared to the recently opened '98, this wine has a bit less acidity and is not quite as lush. Pretty classic CdP profile, though.
Darker in appearance, tamer, and less advanced than the last bottle I had. Mouthfilling, meaty, savory and long. Brown spice rather than garrigue, just a snippet of brett. Really excellent, pristine bottle which could have gone on for another 5 years.
At home with my Tuscan Chicken Stew...decanted for about an hour. Haven't had this vintage in a few years, definitely worth the wait.
Seems to be right in its zone. Color is medium brick/red, mild bricking at the rim. Nose was really full during the decant, dark fruits, burnt sugar, Provencal herbs - adding complexity after an hour. Sweet cherry/grenache, garrigue, spices, cinnamon, sweet plums, cola, faint vanilla. Exceptionally long and sweet finish, medium weight, sweet and moderate tannins.
Just a great old-school CdP. In a good spot now, will probably last another 10+ years, my guess is it doesn't improve much
'00 v '03 Pegau Rosebowl: A cool earthy complexity in the late afternoon shade of the east side of the hill. Zingy balsamic fruit and garrigue. Surging and receding in 30-45 minute pulses. Still prominent tannins and--in finer moments--an endless colorful tail.
This was the first bottle from the lot bought at auction in 2013. Cork disintegrated on opening according to server. We popped and poured this and it was very good, but showed younger and more powerful than I remember from my other cases bought on release. Also had a bit of that sweet finish that I remember from the 89. Will need to try a bottle from my original cases soon to see if there is really a difference. But, based on this bottle, this can be drunk now but should hold for some time. A-/A
Wow, drinking great now. Tastes all the benefits of a few years age. None of the overpowering young fruit of a young ChN. I was delighted with this one and no hint of being over the hill. Dense fruit, Nice red/rust color and wowed the table with flavor. Glad I waited to open it.
This wine keeps getting better and better, and this was a stunning bottle. Opened for Xmas, decanted an hour, ruby with a touch of age on the rim; awesome nose, smelled like .. Veritas … medium weight, perfect balance, with an exceptionally long finish. One of our top wines of the year, and there's still plenty of life left in this.
Lovely medium red. Smells a bit of brett, balsam and garrigue. This wine is delicious. Tastes of cherry, garrigue, balsam, spice, a bit of burnt sugar and some pepper. Plenty of acidity and tannins here. Long finish. Really an outstanding bottle of wine! 13 years old and drinking at peak. Should hold, but Wow!
Opened by WineSparty. The 4th time I have had this wine over the last 8 years with consistent notes. Solid red color. Drinking very well and will continue to do so. notes of wet earth, plums and cherries. Lingering finish. 93 points.
Faded garnet color with aromas of red fruit, licorice and garrigue with a wild, feral quality. Flavors of olive, red fruit, roasted game and garrigue. Well-balanced and fully integrated, this shows real class and depth with a long, lingering finish. Beautiful. 94+ pts.
Opened by WS at Praga offline with xhoser. Score reflects the change during the course of the dinner. Early on, this had an off-putting coppery-blood like finish that I could not get past. By the end of dinner, this had disappeared and was signing. Tart cherry with some game and pepper on the nose and palate.
Deep, dark garnet in color with no signs of aging. Fragrant, attractive, developed & complex nose of ripe dark fruit aromas of cherries, blackberries & plums, kirsch with garrigue overtones, peppery, Provençal herbs, earthy, lovely spice notes of cinnamon & anise, a hint of tar, cedar, tobacco, minerals and oak undertones in the background. Full bodied with a very good concentration of balanced, ripe, dark fruit flavors of blackberries, cherries & plums, cocoa, pepper, spices, cola, toasted oak and a touch of vanilla. Smooth lingering finish. Drinks quite well at present and should hold for several more years although I doubt any further development would occur.
Youthful, but impressive. Tangy saline minerality, black fruits, scratchy earth, very drinkable right now, but with a ton of upside still left. The prices on Pegau began ratcheting up pretty quickly around the turn of the century as a recall; I bought in 00, 01 and 04, but not since. This wine makes me reconsider the wisdom of that decision.
Reticent nose upon decanting. Barely any sediment. Served~2hrs later. Some faint black fruit, underbrush, barnyard and scorched peppered meat on the nose. Some nice black fruit and minerality on the medium bodied palate. Few tannins appear on the long finish. It drinks really well now, but the aromatics could be more expressive.
compared to the '01 and the '03 Pegau reserve, this was the most anemic of the three in terms of fruit. I get a lot of barrel spice, and a peppery quality. Also reminiscent of tea. Still quite tannic. I dont think additional bottle age will bring much improvement. Drink now and with food.
This is in a beautiful place. Slow oxed for 4 hours, then decanted for one. Served with Beef Bourguignon. This bottle the last of 6 for me, and maybe the best. Just the right amount of garrigue, this had tons of character, yet so classy and subtle. A fairly novice taster kept remarking how subdued, yet profoundly delicous this was, I think he was having quiet internal epiphanies. Another Cab lover converted! Really wish I had another half case. This will keep, but I see no reason to defer. I strongly recommend my oxing strategy, it was in perfect bloom. 93pts pure quality, 95pts personal preference.
Typical Pegau CDP barnyard nose and the typical Pegau CDP earthy barnyard taste, but it was thin and weak in the mid palette and aftertaste.. Dumb phase? Too old? Tasted after 4 hours decanted and the following 2 days and never improved.
Recent notes by Beatles and Drwine2001 describe this wine well. It really needed little time to deliver a solid Chateauneuf experience, with older Grenache fruit, just a touch sweet and raisined, along with black pepper, spice and a hint of funk. The palate is long and savory. However, to be honest, I was expecting a bit more fireworks, although maybe I am holding this 2000 to the 2001. Nicely resolved, with plenty to offer, I think this is at peak but will likely hold for a few years. Opened while watching 25 kids sliding down a giant water slide in our back yard, as we celebrated the twins' 9th birthday. A drop remained in the bottle over night, open with no cork. Surprisingly, no degradation nor oxidation. Now, there was more garrigue and the raspberry on the palate was more distinct, along with lavendar, and the palate had the worn, fuzzy texture of aged CdP. Suggests to me that this wine needs a lot of air when opened.
Nice mature colour, and the nose quite open straight away. The nose was by far better than the palate with great depth and tertiary notes. The palate did not add complexity, but it was an absolute pleasure, and drinks quite well now.
Garnet with some browning. Some volatility and pepperiness on the nose. Medium weight. Ripe but not overly sweet, brown and barky (Mourvedre?) along with some mulled red fruit. Savory and complex, excellent length. As good as the last sound bottle I had last year, and seemingly right there at an optimal state of maturity. Have at them if you've got remaining bottles.
Quite open from the beginning - we've just hit the right spot, I think. There is grenache-sweetness galore, the is garrigue, some spicyness and yes, even acidity, a very good example from this somewhat overrated vintage. I have several left, and while I am in no hurry to drink them, I see no reason to wait for years. It won't get better, so hand me the corkscrew, please.
Needed a little time in the decanter. Some age and a little funk needed to blow off. After about 30-45 mins the hints of Grenache started to come out - some spice, a hint of chocolate, dash of pepper...was very pleasant.
Wow! If this was a blind tasting, I would have guessed New World from California or maybe Australia because it was so big and bold! A real treat. If you like subtle CDP's, this is not for you, but it sure is good.
Decanted one hour and used syrah glass. The most floral CDNP I have had. I have enjoyed its gamey, floral and spicy nose and its moderated body, soft tannin and long finish. A friend of mine told me that the nose would be even better if using Burgundy glasses. Gotta try next time.
Un nez giboyeux, avec du sous-bois, de la vieille confiture de fraises, des parfums d'herbes de Provence et de figues. La bouche montre un très bel équilibre de Châteauneuf traditionnel, avec une belle fraicheur, ample, une finale complexe, finement épicée...un délice! 92 pts
(at Veritas –NYC, from Magnum) A great bottle of this wine. Lush, caressing, full of a wild and sweet fruit element. Absolutely at peak – the finish is just starting to fall apart. Drink soon with absolute pleasure. (95)
Nice nose with stable, tar, barriques, a touch of vanilla, cigar box/cedar and a hint of menthol/eucalyptus. On the palate this was starting quite weird, as it was fizzy, like a sparkling wine at first. Very confusing. Was this a bad bottle perhaps, that has undergone a second fermentation in the bottle? Signs of this where there. After a while this settled and showed a better balance with spice box, good acidity, fine grinned tannins and a long, somewhat oily finish. Overall impression is that this wine is thin, missing the trademark CndP fruit, backbone and structure. The nose is much better than the palate. Bad bottle? Still drinkable.
Decanted. Compelling, complex nose of spice, barnyard, black olive, crushed strawberries, violets and gravel. After time in the glass, notes of dried rose petal, worcestershire, potpourri and cinnamon. Palate was beautifully balanced with integrated tannins. Flavors of plum, spice and cocoa powder. Surprisingly delicate body, considering the strength of the aromatics and flavors. Slight brett, but only adds to the complexity and indicative of Pegau. Looong finish. I know it's early, but so far wine of the year. Ponderous/cerebral. Absolutely delicious. KS/DKH
Decanted and tasted after about 30 minutes. This wine just kept changing and getting better tasting as the evening went on. Absolutely delicious. Started with dark cherries and dark plum notes, went to cherries and blueberries with a bit of subtle spice. Some nice fruit notes on the nose. Very pure with a nice long after taste. This wine was kept in a temperature controlled cellar.
A really fantastic (1.5l) bottle. Tons of fruit along with a lot of barnyard, garrigue, and earth. This was much less structured than the '95 Vieux Telegraphe we drank alongside. It seemed a bit sloppy by comparison, but most people (other than me) prefered it based on its full body and fruit. A real crowd pleaser and lots of fun, if not a terribly intellectual wine.
As was the case with my last tasting 2/6/11, this wine was brought to a walk-around Super Bowl party. It remains deep garnet in color, with a bouquet of of garrigue, raspberry, lavender, licorice and earth. It is medium-to-full-bodied and fresh on the palate, with flavors mirroring the nose. The middle palate is solid and the finish is long and smooth. How many times can I say "Bravo"??? Drink now-12/15.
Beautiful bottle of CdP. Color clear garnet. Nose was expressive with earth and garrique. The flavor profile was well balanced with earth, dark fruits and leather. delicious. Best bottle yet out of a six pack and only one more to go.
Bottles of this wine can be all over the place. Luckily, this was spot on. Probably the best bottle of the 2000 I have had. Full, velvety feel, with incredible concentration and lingering taste. Fruit, wild brush - just awesome. One of the best wines of the holidays. (96)
Terrific, as expected. Enjoyed over two nights. First night showed a resolved texture, with soft red fruits, white pepper, clay, fireplace, freshly dug earth, lavender and garrigue on the palate, definitely in secondary territory, possibly tertiary. Long in the mouth, complex, cerebral and enjoyable. Much more interesting, more complex and more expressive than a bottle of 2000 Donjon the night before, which was good, but this 2000 Pegau offers so much more nuance and complexity on the palate. Half the bottle remained overnight, in a .375, and it showed no degradation or oxidation, with more fruit showing, as if it came back from secondary or tertiary territory and now showed brighter red fruit, backed by moderate acidity and even some soft, silky tannin, which suggests to me that there may even be more room for further cellaring. Very enjoyable wine with an interesting, unique personality.
Consistent with prior bottle. Still very good. Balanced but acidity has overtaken the brambly fruit delights that brought oohs and ahhs a few years ago. At plateau. Not likely to improve and may be starting to decline. Well-liked by our dinner guests - all Californians who haven't really tasted much grenache as it was meant to be...
Typical Pegau. Soubois, red fruit, cherry, rose hips, saddle leather and garrique. Medium bodied, firm acidity, and lots of red fruits, cherry, rosehip tea, wet leaves, red currants, rustic and mature, fine tannins. Long pleasant aftertaste.
Oh~ it is finally singing and with its own voice!~ Just starting to have the right color at the rim, beautiful nose of wet earth, a touch of funk, lavender, forest mingling with remaining fruits. That is exactly where I like the wines at. Well, the nose if half of the pleasure so here we go, but on the palate quite identical, and with lush texture, but without the new oak. It is all well integrated and ripe to be enjoyed and in chorus with the roast lamb.
Kleur: Licht robijnrood met een licht-oranje rand Aroma / bouquet: Gemiddeld expressief, wat donker fruit en wat zoetige kruiden. Smaak / Afdronk: Krachtige, zoet-kruidige aanzet met een hint van speculaaskruiden, kokindjes en laurierdrop, boterzachte tannines, wat bittere chocola, krachtige en aangenaam bittere finale. Algemeen / potentieel: Verleidelijk zachte wijn met voldoende 'bite'. 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 11 + Smaak / Afdronk: 15 + Algemeen / potentieel: 8 = 89/100
Color: Light ruby red with a light orange rim Aroma / Bouquet: Average expressiveness, some dark fruit and some sweet spices. Taste / Finish: powerful, sweet-spicy start a hint of spices, soft licorice, laurel, soft tannins, some bitter chocolate, powerful and pleasant bitter finish. General / potential: Seductive soft wine with a pleasant 'bite'. 50 + Colour: 5 + Aroma / Bouquet: 11 + Taste / Finish: 15 + General / potential: 8 = 89/100
Bill's Monthly Lunch - December 2012 (Le Gavroche): This was very nice. Excellent nose with notes of Rhone funk, garrigue, pepper and maturing red fruits. In the mouth there’s good acidity, little tannin and a bit of stewed fruits on the finish. This is drinking well and should hold for several years but I don’t see this improving. Excellent.
Typical Pegau style. Wet leaves, undergrowth, red fruit, cherry, rose hips, saddle leather and garrique. Medium bodied, firm acidity, and lots of red fruits, cherry, rosehip tea, wet leaves, redcurrants, Neil Martin wrote "Surprisingly rustic" - hmm, in my opinion this a pretty well aged CdP of the old school and the flavours are 100% part of this style, very fine tannins. Shows a good length. This wine is the opposite of a sappy, fruity, thick CdP with lots of alcohol; power, thick round tannin and chocolate from the barrique.
Very good. Red fruit on the nose, clean, some garrigue. Seamless palate smooth and harmonious, and a medium finish with a lot of ground pepper. Overall a good Pegau, but this bottle lacked the wild edge that I like.
Still quite youthful. Sweet fruit with dark raspberry and plum, pepper and earth, some meaty olivey funk, but mostly a clean CdP. Better with each glass, brilliant mouthfeel with fine tannins and crisp acid joining the ample fruit into a lingering finish.
colour quite pale cherry with a little browning. Nose very elegant plenty of earth and garrigue with subtle fruit. This is a gentle wine with persistence and a firmness of fruit which i like. I expected a bit more fireworks on the finish but a good wine.
Still some fruit left in this with the oak having been melded with the acidity, the wine is in a really good spot drinking-wise. Yet to attain, 'old wine' status, I am not sure it will really get much better along the way and the fruit will be by the wayside.
Mostly Châteauneuf-du-Pape at Dinosaur BBQ (Dinosaur BBQ NYC.): A richer, more complete wine than the '99, it shows the exuberance of the vintage with its sweet, but not overripe briary fruit, licorice spice and garrigue notes. Expansive across the palate and showy, there are no hard edges here. Like Prince William in the Holy Grail, it just wants to sing and it does so beautifully. A/A-.
This is getting better. No decant but consumed over 3+ hours. A good decant will help this. Spicy on the nose. Good color. Deep flavors - maple, pepper, spice, some chocolate and other notes. A very nice bottle tonight. 92+
waited around 6 years to try again. was at domaine du pegau couple weeks ago and met laurence who said its ready to start drinking. It is outstanding. Slight browning at the edges but wonderful aromas of tobacco and tar. no barnyard as I recall from 6 years ago. on the palate was subtle yet unobtrusive tannins and receding fruit with the right amount of acidity. will begin accelerating my pace of dri nking the remaining 8 bottles over the next 2 years. rating 94.
Intensity, Full, Check, Development, Aged This has on the nose aromas of aged woody spice like a sandal wood, exotic and intense on the nose, first sniff will wake you up, with Prunes. On the palate the wine is not heavy it is med to med+ body, with acidity backbone to back this wine up, with developed flavours but not like the nose, you pick up red fruit starting to dry. and more of those exotic spices, giving it a nice pepperynes
Conc: All in All a classic example of a Classy aged CdP without
Garnet with slight fading. Wonderfully complex mix of dark red fruit, olive and anise. Medium weight, savory and rich without overwhelming sweetness or body, and a very solid core of acidity to hold it together. Delicious, old style and mature or very close to it.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Dinner: Good acid is even smelled here. Bright aromas. The palate is soft in texture, almost elegant and pretty, but still very largely fruited. Nice and juicy finish with big gritty tannins, but as my experience with this wine three years ago, really not all that much depth or interest overall.
One of my favorite CdPs out there. Classic cherry/kirsch liqueur, garrigue, earth, spice and dried herbs, and licorice. Just wonderfully sappy acidity along with velvety fruit yet a very silky texture. Killer finish. This one was served from magnum and showed young. One of Laurence's many master pieces.
Prune smell, musky, dusty tanning. What an ever lasting finish! Quite powerful first palate but somehow feels that there is a missing block to make the transition perfect to the long lasting finish. Great. Good match with lamb chops.
bright ruby red color, buttery leather on the nose with caramel and strawberries. mouth feel is even, coats the tongue well without overpowering. minerality at one of its finest points. finish is moderately tannic speaking to its youth at 12 yrs of age. wonderful bottle!
Going out with a bang! My last bottle and what a bottle this was. Such a deep, fragrant perfume of provencal herbs, fresh strawberries, sandalwood, and cedar. Fresh and inviting on the palate, with ripe strawberries, licorice & herbs, with fine tannins that dance on your tongue, slowly melting into a delightful mouthwatering finish. After a few hours, the fruit faded a bit and the tannins were more noticeable, so I agree with some posters who say drink up!
A fun, wild wine, not the last in profundity, but damn tasty. Nose and palate were consistent and overt: red fruits, primarily raspberry, but primarily dominated by the meaty, earthy, and peppery spicy components. Particularly the spice; this left my tongue tingling. A little loose in structure, but the acid managed to lend some energy.
Quite similar to the excellent '99 with lots of savoury meaty, earthy and leathery flavours framing ripe red fruits and Provencal herbs on a medium weight frame. The fruit's still very bright and fresh and it's very easy to drink with the tannins quite gentle and moderate acids keeping it nicely balanced.
Beautiful colour with dark core - and mostly ruby and a bit "brownish" at the rim. The nose i very much forest leaves in decay, meaty and spicy too. The palate is still very vibrant and lively. Still some tannins left to firm up the mouthfeel. The last bottle in my cellar will be enjoyed very soon!
Very similar to my last bottle in December 2011. Spicy, gamey, meaty, peppery, sauvage palate with a core of raspberry fruit. The complexities and nuances are really something. The tannin is smoothing out and the mouthfeel is silky. Delicious.
A good bottle for sure although its not what it once used to be. All the characteristics are there but just a little faded. Perhaps, as Parker writes, this wine will be good for a few more years but I'd say if you got 'em, drink 'em. Cant see this improving and its still a good bottle of wine now - classic CdP tastes of spices, garrigue, pepper and red fruit. Nose was mixed with whafts of very fine CdP interspersed with barnyard and age. Drink now.
While posessing similar component parts, this bottle showed far better than the previous bottle in that it was more balanced between fruit and savory elements on the palate and possessed a far longer and more complex finish, with hunan spice, mushroom, and tobacco in waves. Nose and color were fairly consistent over the duration of both bottles, though this bottle had just a .5 mm clear meniscus versus none on the previous. Also, both bottles showed somewhat better on day 2 as the complexity was really on full display.
Different source/importer here versus previous (one I have had success with in the past) and that seems to be the difference more often then not with older wine. Still, this is likely at its peak - drink up. 13.5%
Dekanterade 2 timmar innan middagen. Från start en underbar doft av körsbär, söt piptobak, provencalska örter, med en karaktär av kött och och svettig häst som tog över mer och mer efterhand. Vädigt gott och fylligt med karaktär av hallon och en nästan lite oljig och fet smak. Hyfsat lång eftersmak. Väldigt moget och gott vin
Served just below cellar temperature and allowed to warm a bit. Typical mature grenache color, little to no meniscus with the beginnings of bricking at the edge. Nose required some coaxing to reveal garrigue, grenache fruit, iron shavings. Delicate on the palate, but seemed somewhat closed, required a lot of swishing to coax out the meat, blood, iron, and red grenache fruit. Good acidity and that amazing light yet full body of Pegau. Medium length on the finish with light fine tannin. The bottle seems good, but the wine seemed asleep, so put the cork back in and left the other 3/4 of the bottle in the fridge over night.
Nose much more open, revealing lavendar, great pure grenache fruit. Palate has opened revealing more fruit and sage, acidity is subdued by the dark, earthy, fine tannin. Length has improved. This is really an intellectual wine on the second day, a definate improvement. Still, this bottle doesn't present the ideal Pegau - perhaps the bottle, perhaps the aging curve, maybe the vintage - only presenting brief moments of excellence.
Decanted for 5 hours, then rebottled and took to restaurant. Wonderful floral bouquet, perfect garnet color. Nice fruit, but overall the wine seemed a bit closed down. I'll try my other bottle in a year or so.
Maturing color. Exceptionally complex aromatics-green herbs, caramel, and brown spices, but what is absent is just as noteworthy. It is absolutely clean and free of brett. This complexity carries through to the palate. Perfect medium weight and a swirl of ripe but savory flavors that include faded red fruit, tobacco leaf and just the right amount of acidity. My last 2 bottles of this over the past year have convinced me that the wine is at a beautiful peak of maturity where the loss of bright fruit has been fully compensated by the additional nuances and secondary development. It will only get more autumnal from here, so unless you're a fan of more tertiary, drier style older wines, now is a great time to enjoy this.
Wow, métamorphose, cette bouteille fut bien meilleure qu'à mes trois expériences précédentes. Du fruit rouge, cerises et fraises, une bouche encore vigoureuse et tannique, mais le vin est plus frais et expressif. Excellent et plusieurs années devant lui!
Popped and poured. With Starla, to Mike's Bacchanalia. Bottle drained before I finished my first pour. No time for bottle to open, but should not need time. Taste more closed than previous bottle. Maybe off bottle, maybe in odd place right now, maybe my taste buds were off. Score withheld, Tannin in the fore.
Annual Holiday CDP Tasting: Featuring 2000 and 2001 Vintages (Edina Country Club): Dark red color. 2 hr decant prior. Drank 2 glasses over 3+hr. The nose is generally quite nice, smokey, meat, dry herbs, prominent indian spices initially, leaf tobacco,evolves to show florals and becomes a little woodsy, musty earth and bit of a stewy quality. I found the nose more impressive in the first hour and then seemed to show some fatigue. The palate was generally consistent, quite spicy, with dry herbs, some garrigue, muted red fruits, cedar. I thought the acid was rather prominent, and we got some of that stewy character over the evening. This was the best showing for this wine over the last several years. It does seem to be putting on some miles. In retrospect, this may need less decanting to maintain over a longer evening. Initially I scored this at 93, but the overall impression changed through the evening. 92+pts.
NOSE: the Nose on this Pegau was absolutely divine! Incredibly expressive, complex, and savory: celery greens and seeds; lots of Indian spices; rose petals; lots of old wood furniture; cigar wrapper; a hint of horsiness, but certainly not a bretty wine. Hard to ask for much more from a CdP Nose --- the aromas, alone, on this wine are worth the price of admission.
BODY: mahogany-blood red color of medium-deep depth with some browning at the edges and a bit throughout; medium bodied.
TASTE: the palate, for the most part, mirrored the Nose: very spicy, some aging purple fruits; some lightly funky spices; lots of spicy iodine on the long finish; 13.5% alc. is not noticeable. This is the fourth year running we’ve had this wine at this dinner, and this bottle was, by far, the most advanced of the four; it was a touch diffuse on the palate, in my opinion, and that has me believing that bottles such as this one no longer have room for further improvement. That said, the bottles we had last year and they year before were incredibly youthful and still had a good handful of years before they hit their peak. So, if you have multiples of this in your cellar, now would be an excellent time to check-in on one; continuing to hold is a gamble that could just as likely pay-off as it would bust.
TN: Eric Levine comes to NYC. (Beacon Restaurant): A much more flamboyant wine than the '89. Vibrant, sweet red fruit and spice dominate throughout. It doesn't have the structure of the '89 or the depth of flavors, but it's delicious in a sheer hedonistic way. A/A-.
Last bottle of six. Lovely open nose, just as last year. In fact not much has happend over the last year, which s good, because this wine has been tasting great for some years now. I suppose this is typical for the vintage. The 2000 has matured much quicker than the 2001, which is a more classic and backward vintage, both in southern and northern Rhone actually.
This bottle showed amazingly well! Majestic, initially smokey nose of grilled meats, animal fur, raspberry, and sweet cherries explodes from the glass, complicated by lavender and violets with time. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, round, with an almost fatty, oily texture which gives way to lush, sweet flavors of raspberry and dark cherry. Long finish. While this still has many years left, I'd say it is peaking or close to it. Stunning - one of the best CdP's I've ever had!
Good showing. Textbook CdP of the brawny, meaty, sauvage camp. There are notes of raw sausage on the nose, leading to a palate of raspberry fruit surrounded by garrigue and meaty, foresty, spicy, peppery, wild things. Lots of nuance and things of interest going on here. The palate is broad and giving, yet well contained, and has reached a very pleasing point of texture, rugged yet showing some relaxation. I prefer this much more than the 2000 Donjon I opened a few nights earlier. This is not as linear and is more broad, more giving and more complex. It's also better texturally, more worsted and relaxed. Still plenty of life in this wine, should cellar well for years. Loved it. Opened after meeting the OVDI deadline.
Popped and poured into 2 375s. Medium ruby with a hint of brown. Lots of glycerin on the side of the glass. Explosive nose of kirsch and provencal herbs. Wow! This wine has really integrated over the past couple of years. Now the taste runs more towards leather and garrigue to go along with the iodine and meat. I really like this wine. There is some funk here as well. My wife calls it 'old shoes'. If so, these are good 'old shoes'. I love the complexity of these wines.
Plums, kirsch, pepper, garrigue, licorice and spice aromas are easy to find. Soft in texture with a lush character, this forward style of wine has been a pleasure to taste since the day it hit the stores. This bottle seems slightly more advanced than previous bottles. I'm not sure if that is just this bottle, or if the wine is developing at a rapid pace for Pegau. I'll try and pop another in the near future.
damn,wat a cdp.its so lean,silky with decent intensity.rasbeery,pepper,cooked meat n slight white truffle.its really a amazing wine.so well well drnking now.tis bttl of wine is goin to seduce u for more.its a veri well balance wine n veri old traditional wine making style.minus point:i hve paid $145 sing dollars.it seems tat its abit overprice n oso if it lacks a bit more weight.overall:no offense to the new modern world cdp winemakers,tis is wat tey shud b making.hw i wish its in the price range of $100.cud hve score 1 or 2 points more if the price is nt steep.if nt if it has abit more weight.im goin to remember tis bttl for life
taste: medium/full bodied with chewy tannins along with balanced tones of black fruits, black pepper, garrigue, and black cherries with some liqueur tones as well
overall: this was from magnum and popped n poured. The format helped show the youth of the wine, but it is certainly open for drinking. Real alluring dark profile on this that did take a bit to open up
40th Birthday Bash (Heidi's, Minneapolis): A nice upside surprise. I have been increasingly turned off by 2000 CDP, which seem to be growing worryingly pruny and alcoholic with age. Not this wine. Lovely mature red fruit, earth, garrigue -- just classic. Silky, fleshy texture with low acidity and lovely secondary flavors.
Siggy Turns Forty!!!: Popped and poured. This was most impressive for a 2000 CdP. The nose is stunning, showing plenty of ripe, dark fruit with hints of herbs/garrigue and loads of mineral. Equally great on the palate, with tons of fruit but also tons of structure and perfect balance. Flavors expand and coat the palate from the attack through the long, satisfying finish. This is drinking really well right now, but I see no reason why this won't continue to improve for many, many years in the cellar.
Opened tonight to accompany grilled, butterflied, garlic-studded leg of lamb. Very plush and giving, less redolent of kirsch than is the norm with this producer, but harmonious with smells of meat, blood, raspberry and pepper. Really lovely right now, with just enough acid to keep it in balance and no sense of alcohol in the nose. Might it improve with age? We'll see, but I'm not sure whether it'll improve over its present performance.
WOTN - hands down - we were a little tippy when this gem was opened, but EVERYBODY was asking about it - "wow" "what WAS that" "where can I get THAT" etc. Was incredibly balanced, I think that the wine (as memory serves) has a little room to run. Enjoy now or wait a little longer, but you're missing it not to try it in here....
Absolutely at it's peak right now. Great aromatics. Frankly I'm at a loss to describe it. Everything is extremely integrated and at it's peak. I would not wait any longer on this unless from larger bottles. Greatness..drink up.
Wine dinner at L'Incontro, Astoria; 10/19/2011-10/21/2011: From Magnum. Fantastic showing this night. Soaring aromatics, a perfume of red fruits, flowers & sous bois. Sweet grenache fruit on the palate, amazing length, herbs and spice, velvet texture, all nicely integrated. Lots going on. Didn't get any horsey notes from this bottle. A wine with definite character. Solid A. Some people thought this needed more time and would still improve. I guess that's possible.
As good as the Beaucastel was, this Pegau was at least equally as good. Totally different style of wine. Red fruited with classic red cherry fruit, kirsch liqueur, licorice and garrigue flavors. Tremendous intensity, voluptuous/velvety texture, and a killer finish. Shows some brett, but I love that about Pegau. Another one that went tremendously well with the lamb, and also my last bottle...although more should be purchased when the opportunity presents itself. Half our table liked the Pegau better than the Beaucastel, and the other half (my wife included) liked the Pegau slightly better. Although that's like arguing whether Muhammad Ali or Jack Nicklaus dominated their sports more decisively at their peak.
(Dinner at David & Jackie's) Opened and decanted through a sieve as the cork broke. Drank after a 89 Figeac and a 98 LLC. A lovely nose and dark colour in the glass. Drinking beautifully now and my WOTN.
The least expressive bottle I've had of this, though still solid and tasty. strawberries and peppercorn with a hint of garrigue. Fruit was compressed and the wine just seemed closed...Certainly not showing any signs of too much age...still seems to have plenty of stuffing.
Very sweet and ripe for Pegau. The fruity and plum flavors dominate with just a little of the minerality and earthiness I adore in pegau. No brett and decent acid. A great wine by normal standards, but only an OK Pegau for me. Nothing wrong or flawed, just my least favorite vintage of 99, 00, 01, 03, 04-07. Too round.
13.5% alcohol. not decanted. a sensational showing. iron, raspberry, kirsch, almost no brett. tannins still have some bite, so it's only creeping into a secondary phase. we literally slurped this down. despite my CT! tasting note record, i've had this wine over a dozen times, and i was an idiot to sell off 6 bottles a few years ago. really a great wine. drink or hold to your own delight.
Popped and poured. This is in the classic Pegau style, big and brawny with the telltale pine sap and roasted garrigue notes. Very tight early on, this blossomed nicely as we worked through the bottle and would've shown even more impressively had it had a proper decant. Drinking well now, but this still has plenty of improvement ahead...
fully open for business. Gorgeous nose of lavander, spice, good earth, slight bit of soy sauce. On the palate as open as the nose, very complex and adding the leather element to the qualities above. Over the course of dinner of a couple of hours, the wine didn't change much at all, in fact kept reaffirming that it has ages ahead of it with the mature fruits aplenty. Still a lot of funk left in this bottle, and not at all fatigued, as some of the threads readable on some sites.
(from Magnum) While showing bottle variation, when on, this continues to be one of my favorite CdP’s. Again, I state that you just don’t need the luxury cuvees to have a memorable experience. So full of fruit, yet so true to its Provencal roots – long, full and in a perfect place today. Yum. (96)
Great bottle last night. Young, but obviously entering its secondary drinking window. Dark raspberry and plum, pepper and earth, a scant hint of Pegau meaty olivey funk, but mostly a clean CdP. Better with each glass, brilliant mouthfeel with fine tannins and crisp acid joining the ample fruit into a lingering finish. I may be under-rating this.
Nearly 4 years after my last note, this is in a great place. Reps-aerate to decanter, let sit about 30 min during dinner as we were finishing the '05 Amon-Ra. Color beautiful medium cherry red with generous dark hues, no sign of bricking. Great depth of kirsch, plums, provencal herbs, leather, smoked meat, and minerals. A little disappointed no Pegau barnyard aroma, but no matter. Overall really lovely and a quintessential pairing with EVO + Rosemary & garlic roasted rack of lamb. On the palate this is singing with Grenache & Syrah goodness, with cherries, strawberries mixed with herbs, leather, black peppercorn and meatiness. Long finish stretches out with perfumey lavender, herbs, red seed fruits, and minerals. Acid is medium, substantial tannins are noticeable, a little chewy, dusty and a little drying in the finish. Overall, an outstanding textbook CDP experience made better by great food pairing. Coming back to the dregs in the decanter at 3 hr mark, the fruit is fading a bit and the tannins are more prominent. One bottle to go and will consume in the next 2-3 years.
Last bottle I have.. too bad it really is a great wine. Dark red, nose of pepper corn, soy, and meaty goodness.. Simply delicious to sip, and was great with a rib eye steak. The fruit felt like it was fading compared to the last couple I've had, so I think it's time to drink up if you've got more.. (which.. sadly.. i don't).
Strong nose initially, zesty and assertive, lots of nuance and spices. Palate shows a focused raspberry core, lots of white pepper, bloody meat, softer tannin, just lovely and nuanced and captivating. Even Deb, no lover of Chateauneuf, is impressed. The wine evolves over the course of the evening and never loses my interest. The finish is still firm, suggesting that some additional cellaring might be a good thing. While the tannin is softer than in years past, there is plenty of acidic backbone.
After two long days in the datacenter with the CellarTracker servers (fabric and VMware upgrade), it was a pleasure to curl up with this lovely wine.
So, so, so ripe. Very roasted with grilled plums, soy and loads of white pepper. This is at once both voluptuous and sharp. Still showing a great deal of structure on the finish. This is really lovely wine, and apart from the 2003 clearly the ripest Pegau in the last decade.
Hour decant, which was needed. Some barnyard on the open mostly blew off after and hour. Good, solid bottle. Seemed to be at the point where I'd say drink now. Might have been a unique bottle. Have 11 left and will try another soon and see what it holds.
Popped and poured. Black fruit, with hints of herbs and cedar and leather, Medium body, with well-integrated acid, lasting finish.
I know that this would be better with a 2 hour decant.... but sometimes I just don't have the patience (this was a single bottle bought to sample... thank goodness for offsite cellaring for the stash!) Lovely, typical example of very good CdP.
This wine was double-decanted and brought to a walk-around Super Bowl party tasting. Prior to decanting back into the cleaned bottle, the wine saw only a few minutes in decanter. It was subsequently presented and ultimately consumed by tasters over approximately two hours. My tastings were done serially during this time frame. Deep garnet in color. The nose is immediately expressive, showing aromas of garrigue, raspberry, lavender, licorice and earth. Medium-to-full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity and flavors in line with the nose. The middle palate is solid and the long finish is very smooth. Bravo once again for this bottling! Drink now-12/15.
From Magnum. Let breathe for 4 hours. Tried at 2 and was fine but hit its stride at 4+. Beautiful CDP with a nose of leather and ripe dark fruits. In the mouth it is silky, rich and delightful. Great value with years left to go, but let it have its air.
Medium center with slightly faded edge. As pure a bottle of this as I've experienced. Just gorgeous black raspberry fruit with complicating light herbal veneer, excellent, well integrated acidity and medium body. This must be at its apogee now-outstanding.
Tremendous, vivacious nose of wild raspberry, stewed plum, old leather, musty barn and lots of iodine. Fresh, lively and spicy on the palate where garrigue is highlighted. A long, vibrant and spice filled finish full of stony berry and ink. This bottle had the brett in check and was my best experience with the 2000 vintage.
Decanted for 90 minutes, then enjoyed over the next hour. Really changed over that period from tannic at start, a bit gripping ... to mellow red fruit and red roses on the palate, even juicy at the end. Barnyard nose was very muted, and got sage & leather on the nose. Color was dark, not super dark, but could start seeing its age. Beautiful expression of a CdP, and will be nice over the next 5 years. Wish I had more. There was a fair amount of sediment, so standing bottle up for a couple of hours, then decanting slowly paid off!
Opened to a fresh scent of grenache and scortched brambles and herbs de provence; later the wine showed some drying tannins, but remains a tasty wine to ring in the new year. I have a couple left and will work thru them this year as it doesn't show the power to improve and why not enjoy as its at its prime.
Beautiful pegau with that seductive nose of kirsch and blackberry with licorice and oak notes. The palate seemed very integrated, smooth tannins but a little light in terms of weight. It did not lack concentration but it reminded me of the 2006 in terms of body on the palate.. Nevertheless, this was an outstanding bottle of wine with time ahead of it although it showed very nicely tonight with about 90 minutes of decanting. Long sweet blackberry finish.
Only by third CNDP this year the others being another bottle of this in January and a bottle of the 99 in April - both excellent. I've had this wine 10 times now and have always enjoyed it. This was a good, ripe bottle with lots of red fruits, liquorice and pepper on the nose. Rich full flavour with great length too. Everything it should be and showing first signs of secondary development. I should be rating it 93-94 as I have done in the past. However after 8 months away from CNDP and with a greater focus on German Riesling and Red Burgundy in the meantime this tastes a bit rustic to me now. Clearly my palate has become de-tuned from Chateauneuf and while this was still a good wine I could take it or leave it...
– popped and poured – – tasted a single glass non-blind over 15 minutes – – decanted for 3.5 hours before the event –
Purple color of medium-deep depth. Medium-grained particulate matter present. Purple berries on the Nose, as well as a cement note and a rather pronounced vegetal aspect. Tannin was soft, but still grippy. Acidity was noticeable; overall, this was well-balanced, and showed nice dark fruit and leather flavors. Fruit is maybe half-way to completely tertiary at this point. This seemed a little less focused than the bottle of two years ago. Third consecutive year having this wine at this dinner, and this wine seems to be (not) evolving at a glacial pace. Continue to hold.
Minneapolis Does CDP, Annual Holiday CDP Tasting (Edina Country Club): Dark red color. Herbal, floral, mineral, garrigue nose. the palate has good body, tannins are firm, fruit is lurking, but not showing, spicy. Medium finish. Nice, but appears that this still needs some additional time. I have not had one yet that rocked, but I'm still hoping.
This bottle was double-decanted, initially re-funneling without significant time in decanter. It was subsequently re-poured into decanter and presented to our Friday tasting group in double-blind fashion. The wine was serially tasted over 2-3 hours. My tasting was unblinded. Deep garnet in color, the wine still shows very intense aromatics of garrigue, black raspberry, sage, clove and licorice. Medium-to-full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity, medium well-integrated tannins and flavors in line with the nose. The middle palate is solid and the long finish is smooth. This wine continues to drink beautifully and should do so for several more years. Drink now-12/15.
Brilliant, subdued, nuanced, food-embracing. Not a very top vintage for this wine though, a bit soft. Still, a work of art. I'd never turn down a bottle. Another decade, at least, though nearing it's apex.
Excellent, with cherry, raspberry, licorice, garrigue....silky tannin, still fairly undeveloped and primary. A bit closed at this stage (at leat from this magnum) compared to numerous 750s I've had in the last year or two...
Nice nose here, with pork sausage, dried spices and some animal fur, more meaty and earthy than fruity aromas. The palate is smooth and cohesive, showing darker blackberry fruit and dried cherries, surrounded by complexities of animal fur, soy, chestnut and a bit of leather. Really good focus, the wine is still precise after ten years. This is a rather clean showing, not showing much barnyard or brett (which dominated a magnum of the '98 Pegau I opened for a birthday dinner in 12/07), the animal fur a reminder that this is rugged, old school CdP and not spoofed. The appeal here is the silky smooth mouthfeel, the tannins smoothed out and the structure lessening its grip and allowing the complexities of the palate to shine nicely. Definitely no longer a young CdP, yet neither is this mature or advanced. It's at a very nice point in its evolution, with plenty of upside.
Really nice nose of blackberry jam upon opening. Decanted for about 90 minutes. First impression was spice and bacon fat. Continued to open and evolve with more air. Barbeque smoke, leather, pepper, and some raspberry and blackberry fruit. Lovely, lovely bottle. Did not mind overpaying at the local wine store for this treat.
Very disappointing showing tonight. I have had great experiences with this wine, but in tonight's company it was tight and unyielding. A little garrigue and barnyard but not bright and long on the finish.
Very sappy nose. Full entry of sweet black raspberry with a pleasant mineral element. Big weight to this wine with great sweetness to match & balance the slightly astringent finish. Very nice. Tasted blind.
Aromas of garrique, cherry, licorice. Full-bodied, rich, smooth texture with adequate structure, powerful and expansive on palate. Deep, persistent flavors of cassis, kirsch, leather, anise. Long, substantial finish. Tastes mature, will be interesting to see further development. Went beautifully with braised duck breast.
Medium ruby and unresolved. Strikingly clean aromatics of lavender at first and then gorgeous red fruit. Medium weight, excellent acidity. The purity and length of the fruit here are very impressive. It's taken me 5 times or so, but this was the first bottle of 2000 Pegau that really excited me. First time tasted in over a year.
Popped and poured plesant bouquet of dark fruits right from the start. Bright but deep purple color. Nice fresh dark fruits on the palate, a smooth fleshy texture, nice finish. A very nice wine with a strong future
First and foremost, I have absolutely been bitten by the chateauneuf bug, especially Pegau. The 5 or 6 times that I've had the pleasure to drink the Reseve have left a profound effect on me and has literally shaped some new feelings about wine. This bottle was pure and clean old world grenache. Gorgeous ruby red color, immediate aromas of fig, kirsch, deep red plum, pepper, and the most alluring high class garrigue fill your personal space. I could sit and sniff this wine for hours. This wine was starting to blow my mind. Lush, velvety, sweet, and superbly concentrated with accents of meat and herbs to keep the balance in check. I just wanted to sit there and feel the plushness of the tannins in my mouth. Once swallowed, the richness of the fruit and the seamless tannins leave you lifting the glass back to your lips almost reflexively. Dynamite wine! 96 pts.
Deep red with slight browning. A very complex nose of bacon, raspberry, plum, blood, smoked meat, spices, and tomato juice. Very nice red fruit and spice flavours. Long dry finish. Not showing the tannins previous bottles have shown. Maybe starting to loosen up a bit. A great wine.
While I have had good to very experiences with 00 reserve, this particular bottle was nothing short of sensational. No brett, no horse poo poo, no band aid, just simply a forward, lovely specimen of old vine grenache. The nose was layered and carried a multitude of attributes such kirsch, strawberry, a little garrigue, and then tons of olive and fresh laid pavement, the latter being a personal favorite in a CdP bouquet. The palate carried this theme, but in more restrained and focused fashion, allowing this to absolutely shine with my grilled lamb chops. Lovely Pegau, with a good decade of quality drinking ahead.
Utterly brilliant wine! A bit of elegant barnyness that resolved over a few minutes, nice chewy s. rhone bacon belly with plenty of aromatics, stone, and valley soil flavor. Rocks and granite, great bold syrah fruit with the stuffing for a party. Lots of life ahead of this brut! This was once again the WOTN! This one was double labeled at the winery by mistake, great talking points for the group.
Paxton visit: Brought to Houston and drank at Jon Polito's. Excellent as usual. Dark eggplant to the rim. A little young but still was wonderful. Not as much barnyard as usual, plenty of fruit, bramble, spice, a little tight. Great structure and balance. Classic Pegau with at least 10 to 15 years to go, maybe even more.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape tasting: Tasted from Magnum. The nose of this wine had a nice mix of red and black fruit aromas. It smelled much cleaner than many of the other CdPs we were tasting next to this. The palate had dark red and black fruit flavors with leather and a slight roasted note, but there wasn't even a hint of brett. I really enjoyed this bottle more than the 06 Reservee that I had tried which was full of brett.
Opened this magnum with the intent of giving it 4 hours in decanter before taking it to a friend's for dinner. Was immediately disappointed with the funky nose that wouldn't blow off, the thin appearance, the color that leaned toward orange and brown. Taste was not quite as dismal, but not good. But remembering a Chateau Fortia mag that took 3 days to come around, I gave this a chance. At 4 hours it was clearly better, but not good, so I poured it back and corked it. Took a couple of pop-and-pour cali cabs to the friend's. Next day, I came home from work, pulled the cork, and the color was way better, the nose had become a quite lovely floral, with rosemary and lavendar, and the taste was well on the way to becoming what I've come to expect from Pegau. I figured we'd drink half and by the next day (today) it would be great. But it seems that just pulling the cork and getting it some more air allowed the two of us to easily polish off the mag with relish. Moral of this story is: Give your wine a chance, especially large formats. What initially dissappoints may thrill you on the second or even third day.
Hmm...this was a good bottle of wine, but not in the league of past bottles or the general opinion of this wine. I couldn't find anything wrong with the wine, and have cellared it since relesae, but this was just good, not great.
Repas au Poisson Rouge, semi-aveugle. Nez animal, de toute évidence un vin traditionnel, moins ample et long que le Beaucastel, une belle concentration, un vin un peu austère, sauvage mais plaisant. J'ai pensé à Vieux Télégraphe d'abord avant de retenir Pegau grâce à l'aide de mon voisin. J'aime ce vin mais c'est une relative déception pour un grand millésime. Je commence à penser sérieusement qu'il est le moins intéressant du domaine entre 1998 et 2007, hormis le 2002. 90-91 pts
Within its drinking window, but very young, still mostly primary. An atypical Pegau on this night; no meaty, olivey, barnyardy funk to be found. Just silky, strawberry, raspberry, cassis. Very enjoyable.
marvelous wine. Decanted a couple of hours. Still very dark, full nose of lavander, wet earth, spice, and great concentration of grenache, mourvedre, etc... This is so far from the luxury packaging of a Bordeaux, and yet it really stand firm with full of pride. On the palate, still a few years of cellaring would be needed, as it was tannic, and not quite yet all fused together, but toward the end of the bottle it was obvious that a few hours longer would have helped a lot. Large scaled wine, so much personality with plenty of stuffing to improve.
Decanted 3 hours prior to serving. Very dark. Huge complex nose of dark fruits, leather, tar, garrigue, pepper. Mouth filling on the palate, viscous, soft integrated tannins and 60 second finish. Very complex. Although in an ‘in-between’ stage (young vs aged) it was very enjoyable at this time but should develop nicely over time.
I'm with toouche below. dinner party of 10 on Saturday---2 bottles. Amazing. DOuble decanted for three hours. Served with grilled lamb bone in and mint, hickory garlic roasted potatoes, ripe olives and rich cheese tray. Killed them----all. Wonderful and classic CNP. I started 12 years ago cellaring CNP and am just pulling them up now. This is simply a beautiful wine. Bacon, earth, tomato. hot stone, rich blackberry, mint, licorice cough drop, leather. Food wine or you waste it. Balance- 96. Flavor-94. Color and experience- 95. Nose-92.
Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 2000 Nez de vieux grenache, de la confiture de fraises, herbes de Provence, de la lavande
Dense et large, il est encore solide, l'alcool est discret et bien intégré. La bouche montre une amertume assez prononcée, avec une finale sur les figues et cerises à noyaux. Un vin authentique, plein, mais il me semble quand même plus austère que la plupart des millésimes de Pegau, sans le charme des 1998, 1999 ou même 2001 par exemple. Il ressemble un peu au 1995 au même âge et a donc probablement besoin de quelques années de réclusion supplémentaires, comme c'était le cas pour ce dernier... 90 pts
Chateauneuf de Pape Tasting (Urbana, Washington, DC): Just opening up for business....barely. Wonderful nose of pepper, espresso, sausage, and olives. Dark dark ruby color in the glass. Sublime wine that's so velvety with such a long finish. This wine shows so well, but is SO SO young. Excited at its prospects down the road as I think this will be a blockbuster in 6-10 years.
Dark fruit aroma leap from the bottle after pulling the cork. Some fading at the rim with an inky core. Black fruit on the palate, with espresso-mocha, and touches of leather, garrigue, and bandaid. In a fine place now with years to go. I'll hold my last one until 2015.
No detailed note but showing very well; garnet colour; complex nose in the fruit and flower spectrum rather than meat, but there's still a little funk on the finish; a little bit of heat is the only notable detrator. I won't hold my other bottle much longer.
Definitive Rhone (Fabi and Rosi European Kitchen Austin, Texas): A young wine, developing nicely, it was lively and bright, had good fruit and acid, and a lovely finish. Smelled of new leather, tar, and sweet spice, it had flavors of licorice, black currants, black earth, herbs, black pepper, black fruit. The grenache was discernible and gave the wine its brightness. Still quite young, will get much better in 6-10 years.
Medium garnet. Intense nose of plum, blue fruits, lavender, horse. Palate is ripe berry fruits, spicy integrated tannins, fresh, medium body, with a rich mouthfeel and mocha finish. Medium length. Drinking superbly.
Popped and poured. Served a little too cold, but still I could detect some brett with this bottle, a little band aid and barnyard for the party. Not especially unpleasant, but this would have benefited being served with a nice slow braised piece of beef, vs. that of following a Copain Syrah. Blood, olive and iodine flavors, and as the wine warmed, traces of chocolate begain to emerge. I still think this needs a little more time, at least from this showing.
plum red a little maturity. nose tight knit but full of interest,damsons, leather and spice. Gorgeous mouthfeel, fine tannins and velvet texture, really quite refined withaan explosion of flavour at the end of the palate.
Opened over 4 hours before seving time, decanted and poured it right back into the bottle and corked it. This was open for business immediately. Dark plum color with a very slight trace of bricking. Nose was intensely aromatic and so pleasant that I wish I could package it and enjoy it repeatedly. Flavors blended dak fruit, garrigue, and roasted meat with silky tannins and low acid. Finish was more and more of the same. Although last 750 needed 6 hours in decanter to fully open and this one needed no time, both reached the same level of what I can comfortably call greatness. Differences bottle to bottle need our attention, but are part of the mystique. 95-96
A very impressive bottle. Needed 3 hours in the decanter to open up - before that while it smelt beautiful it tasted a bit dry and tannic. But when it came into its own it developed a considerable amount of intensity. Deep and lifting nose of smoky blackcurrants, tea, and liquorice - a 95 point nose. To taste similar black fruits, smoke, ash, liquorice and tea flavours. A very concentrated wine though a little on the dry side and lots of tannin showing on the finish. Impressive rather than a delight.
Ruby red with a little browning. Raspberry and red currants, with garrigue, spice and noticeable barnyard. Glyceral and a little sweet, but not heavy, and quite energetic. A fun and decidedly enjoyable wine.
Had this wine exactly one year ago, and this bottle wasn't quite up the standard set by the previous bottle. This seemed rather tight, especially on the palate. Lots of time in the glass helped reveal scallions, spice, blackberry, graphite and garrigue on the nose (fruits very tight here). Mostly spicy on the palate, with the fruits in hiding. Color was dark ruby of medium-deep depth. Clearly, a very impressive wine, but still needs time.
I've had this wine quite a few times. Some bottles have been stunning and others have been just good. This was very good but did not hit the highs of past bottles. I decanted this for 3 hours then back in the bottle. In hind sight, decanting may not be the way to go. The last stunner was a pop'n'pour. The nose was very shy with only occasional hints of CdP notes. At times it seemed like the wine was coming around aromatically only to retreat back to it's shell. The flavors were more pronounced than the aromatics with many of the usual suspects: kirsch, iodine, blood, olive, garrigue, lavendar and a touch floral. The palate texture is velvety smooth and something I've learned to expect with Pegau. Very little barnyard in this bottle. It paired very well with lamb.
decanted 4 hours before drinking, and the wine continued to evolve over the course of dinner. Was delicious just to taste, but food, Black Pig grilled pork chops with rosemary and sage, made iti come alive. This is CNP at it's best. dark cherry, raspberry, Provence barnyard, leather and grilled meat. Thank god I've got 23 bottles left.
No decant, but opened about 4 hours prior to serving and let slow-o in the cellar. Nose of dark fruits, licorice and wood. The nose evolved nicely over the course of the dinner. Tons of fruit on the palate showing great concentration, balance and elegance. The tannins are sweet and integrated already and the finish is long and fresh. While obviously young, this was drinking really well. I’m going to hold my remaining bottles for a couple of years, but if you have some it would not be a bad idea to check in now. 95+
Trip to Napa/Sonoma; 11/7/2009-11/14/2009 (Napa/Sonoma): Just a phenomenal classic CdP. Took 30-60mins to open in the decanter. Aromatic nose of kirsch, herbs de Provence, iron. Palate with prominent acidity, and a little grip on the tannins, but more notable for being full, rich and accessible. Dense red fruits, spicey herbs, iron and blood on the palate. mostly clean pure fruit, not much barnyard or brett in this bottle. Lengthy pleasurable finish, with iron, red fruit and an incredible herbal spiciness that wouldn't quit. Fantastic CdP, wish I had more. Drinking well now, might improve in medium term.
Definitely a Pegau! Decanted for 2 hours, and probably could have still used 3 hours. Last glass at hour 5 was the best! Clear garnet color. Nose of dried cherries, garrigue, minerals and that lovely Pegau barn. There is still quite some acidity to it. For the first couple of hours, there was absolutely no fat in the wine at all, but by the end it really started to soften up. This is like the 2001 but with no glycerin at all. Absolutely lovely and tasty. Went just perfectly with braised short ribs, as it really cut the richness of the dish, but had similar meaty flavors. At this point, I really can't tell a lot of influence of age, so this really has a long life ahead.
Pop & Pour. blood, meat, garrigue, and some funk, with dark fruit overtones. Beautifully integrated tannins, well balanced acidity. Singing nose carried to the palate - earth, olives, meat. Great to sip and paired well with both a Lamb Belly, and a Braised Beef Short ribs @ Restaurant Zoe.
ha! i love to torment my great wine BFF, kstoddard, with any pegau TN. he's a chateauneuf fan, but hates this house. i generally inflate my score just to be a pimpmobile (not really). not decanted. of course, you must be able to tolerate the brush and bramble of this wine. a little stanky barnyard, but great supportive fruit. maybe, if you held a gun to my head, i enjoyed it more in it's exuberant youth (we went thru almost a case during an ireland golf trip in 03), but it's still an interesting wine, originally introduced to me in the 98 vintage by the late, great david perry. i guess this is one of those wines that i just like without thinking about it. alas, getting too expensive now.
Holy toledo, this bottle was screaming. Popped and poured and just picture perfect Pegau. Brambly, wild, gamey, ripe, spicy, Provencale herbs, grilled plums, white pepper, hint of quinine on the finish. Beefy stuff.
Holy cow. A completely different wine from the bottle last week. This wine is simply stunning. Incredible red fruit and spice (cinnamon) nose. Coated the palate with waves of fruit and Provencal flavors. Long finish. None of the heat or disjointedness of past bottles. Inconsistent wine, but this bottle was singing. (96)
TN-2000/2001 CdP: Gloriously aromatic with a dense, layered- yet, velvety texture and a finish that went on and on. The harmony and balance is reminiscent of a Haut Brion in a great vintage. The most striking appeal for me were its counterpoints; accessible yet complex, explosive without flamboyance, drinking beautifully now with a tremendous potential for future development..
Deep ruby / garnet. Garrigue, animal and viotlet to go along with bright red fruits. A meaty mouthful of southern Rhone goodness. Staining, full bodied and a tough of Grenache bitterness that is not my favorite. I think this still needs a few years to truly harmonize, though it get good points for for its flavor interest and complexity. Wait a bit to see if it stays very good or turns out to be more than that. (90+?)
A good rather than a great bottle. Dark fruits, raisin , blackcurrant and a touch of smoke on the nose. Similar dark fruits profile - now lost its youthful exuberance but not fully mature. Quite a bit of excellent complexity beginning to show but a fairly tannic bottle too. Still needs more time.
Cindy's 30th Birthday Party (Chicago IL): Darker color than the 1998 served alongside. On the nose the aromatics were much more powerful with dark red/almost black fruits with much more grilled game/herbs. Outstanding texture on the palate, many layers kept unveiling themselves as the wine sat in the decanter. Riper/creamier fruit on the palate with outstanding acidity and a nice grip on the finish. My wine of the night.
Grenache Smackdown (Wally's, Arlington Heights): nose: gorgeous and perfumed nose with deep tones of white and black pepper, black cherries, black licorice, garrigue. Very lifting and pretty nose that has a more feminine style to it that makes it extremely intoxicating and lovely
taste: plush medium feel with good tannins and tones of dark red cherries, white and black pepper, black cherries, and lots of tones of garrigue. Lovely and feminine on the palate that has a very sexy feel
overall: really coming into its own from the last time I had this. The feminine styling of the wine and the openess on both the nose and palate were very enticing and made it a quite enjoyable wine for me right now. Can still go much longer, but one wouldn't be faulted for opening one right now
Deep, red color. Bottle is showing well. Dark berries, barnyard funk, and hints of white pepper and blood on the nose. Herbs, spices, and lots of earth on the palate. Still a touch of heat, tho it blows off after 30 mins. lots of finesse.. a 'pretty' drink. Delicious, with a medium long finish.
It has been 3 years since I last checked in on one of these from my cellar (although I've had it on 3 other occasions since - one was flawed, and the two others didn't show this well). This particular bottle is beautiful. Beautiful. Pristine and clean with just the barest, barest hint of barnyard and must. The nose is dominated by ground white pepper, and the expected melange of garrigue, and plum and berry. Mouthfilling with slowly resolving tannins, this is still very youthful, but also drinking well with the gentle hour decant that it received. Silky, soft, and yet full of expressive flavors, this has plenty of stuffing in the middle, and finishes with a punch. I certainly won't rush to drink my remaining bottles, and should be so lucky that all show as well as this one. A pleasure.
Rooftop BBQ. (Mark & Karrie's): This is a helluva fun wine. So open, friendly and full of deliciousness. There's opulent raspberry fruit, bloody meat, garrigue and spice notes in a forward, yet balanced, package. Think of it as a free and easy summer love from your teen years. Nothing but good memories that bring a smile to your face. Just a sheer pleasure to drink. A.
This wine is not yet at peak. Wonderful nose of provencal herbs, iodine,and blood. More of that in the taste plus firm tannins and fairly bright acidity with a bit of heat on the finish. This wine will be better with a few more years of age. I think it needs to integrate a bit more. I think CdP is usually best between 8 and 15 years of age. I have recently been drinking some '98s and '99s. Some of the '94s still seem pretty young.
Classic mature Pegau nose: lots of tertiere aromas but still firm and with no oxidization, which is why Pegau, unlike many other CnDP's is still elegant and clean when old. Remember 9 years for a CnDP is quite old. The nose has clean Provence herbs, a bit barnyard and overmature dark berries. The attack is quite sweet, mid palate very well balanced, and an OK finish. The 2000 was never a block buster, but has been drinking very well for many years. I will probably drink my last couple of bottles (out of 6) within the next year, and then start opening the 2001 and 1998.
Clearing, red rim, moderately deep color. On the nose the wine had predominantly rich, red fruits intermixed with dried herbs and spice. On the palate, dry, moderate + acidity, a full, rich midpalate, moderate, well integrated ripe tannins, moderate alcohol. Very good balance, moderate length, and moderate to high intensity/complexity. The wine showed no overripe fruit character, minimal brett, and was quite an elegant, though not blockbuster, Pegau. The wine drank quite well the next day... still not quite to its peak.
At Susan's with Claude and Carolyn. I thought it a mismatch with braised pork loin. Beautiful wine but still too young. Dark color, with no sign of age. Restrained nose with a bit of funk that quickly blew off. Great structure, perfectly balanced, smooth as silk on the palate. Palate is deep and brooding. Could not distinguish any secondary or tertiary nuances. Hold at least a few more years before trying another.
Quite mature bouquet with chocolate and herbs. Tertiary but alive and with a lot of good tasting impressions. Complex. I hope it is the bottle (not from my cellar), but the wine was much more developed than expected.
I have had several of these and they just get better each time. More than average density on the palette, nose was a bi funky at first but quickly blew off and revealed some leather, tar, and pepper. This still needs time and I am confident it will only get better. Still, it is enjoyable now with a dish that requires a wine with a reasonable amount of backbone.
Deep red/garnet robe with garnet rim. Clean nose, showing quite intense aromas of black cherry, underbrush, clove and other assorted spices. Medium-to-full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity, medium sweet tannins and flavors which mirror the nose. Long, smooth finish. Quite nice now, this wine should remain pleasing for several more years. Drink now-12/15.
Beautiful well rounded CdP. My first Pegau experience - and I'm truly satisfied. Let the wine open for about one hour. Beautiful almost opaque dark plum purple color. Aromas of BACON FAT, plums, blueberries. Then comes tons of violets and other purple flowers. Finishes on the nose with some leather and more smoked meat. Palate shows more dark plums and blueberries. Loads of smokeyness and gobs of bacon fat laced with those purple flowers. Love the finish though falls JUST short at the very end. Lovely after two hours of breathing. Excellent buy. A true Old World showing.
Medium dark ruby. This is a veritable herb garden with all manner of herb tones making the fruit play second fiddle. That said, on the palate, nice weight, dark cherry fruit and surprising acidity in the context of past bottles. Very good, but I'm still not finding the level of excitement that so many people have about this vintage of Pegau.
2000 Chateauneuf-du-Pape tasting (Extra Space, Singapore): Absolutely gorgeous. What a nose! Beautifully fragrant, rich with dark kirsch and creme de cassis scents melded into undergrowth accents, garrigue herbs, meaty tones, with pig stomach soup and tripe stew notes liberally sprinkled with pepper. Extremely focused and seamless on the palate, with a sweaty, leathery funk along with more generous dollops of creme de cassis, slightly roasted red meat, a touch of woody cedar, and lush, complex red and black fruit notes. Great power, perfect balance, beautiful fine tannins. It was lovely from the attack all the way into a round, very, very long finish with more hints of wood and a last punch of lovely cherry fruit. Group's unanimous #1.
THIS is what CdP is all about. Raspberry kirch, bacon fat, and herbs de provence on the nose. The palate is showing no sign at all of fading, with firm tannins, licorice, tar, red fruits and a long long finish. Better than I remember.
Decanted 2 hours (improved over first 30). Oh man, did this ever hit all my buttons. Hugely evocative nose led by garrique and red berries but with smoke, meat, licorice and tar lurking just under the surface. Medium+ weight fruit with goergeous brightness and lift. Terrific balance and great finish.
The last time I had this wine was back in September of 08 with Eric and the rest of the CT folks but by the time I got to the bottle, it was down to the dirt at the bottom. I picked up a bottle for myself a few months ago and finally got around to having it this evening with homemade Coq Au Vin. We opened the bottle and let it catch about a couple hours of air prior to dinner and it showed a little more fruit then I remember with some raspberry liquor scents mixed in with the earth and herbal notes that were present the last time around. Excellent texture from start to finish with the same little white pepper elements on the palate. This wine makes me wish I had the inventory and patience to let the rest of my CdP catch a few years of age before I drink them. Excellent stuff.
Simply terrific. Color is dark purple with a tinge of red brick, ever so slight signs of age on the rim; nose kept evolving all night, from cherries and raspberries to plums; medium framed wine but substantial, flavors of dark fruits and tobacco; great mouth feel and a long, balanced finish that just didn't quit. Drinking incredibly well right now.
When first opened, the wine didn't offer up much of anything on the nose and the palate was real tight. Little by little the wine opened up over a four hour period. Sweet strawberry, kirsch, cherry, and leather on the nose. On the palate, lively, rich, dark red fruits, garrigue, blood orange and tar. Tannins well integrated. Very clean bottle, no hint of brett. Excellent balance. . Amazing how this wine kept evolving over time. Doesn't have the depth or power the '98 is showing recently, but very nice.
Beautiful and complex bouquet, herbs, fruits, animals. Soft tannin, delicious spiciness. Very juicy wine. Elegant and concentrated. Long finish. It is a very good drinking moment now, but no hurry. Very recognizable Pegau style.
Deep purple, relatively mature now. A supple wine, with a nose showing melted licorice and tobacco, black raspberries, garrigue. Powerful but soft, medium length finish. Really delicious at this stage.
Really nice on the second night: rich, full and with deep earthy appeal. The first night was a more linear grenache bomb--not bad, but tonight the wine is strutting its stuff. Seems primed for drinking (with enough air) and doubtful more progression can be attained--prost!
Drank 2 bottles of this with dinner at La Folie. Both were spectacular. They were decanted for about 2 hours prior to serving. The first one was singing from the get go, the 2nd one has a little musk that blew off with some time. Nice red berries particularly cherry with the meaty flavors that I usually get in CNDP. Very well balanced, and a strong finnish. I think the tannins have integrated very well and are in harmony with the rest of the wine. I have no idea if it will get better, but this is drinking great now and would not feel bad opening more in the near future.
Very good and maturing CdP enjoyed earlier tonight with the third flite of all CdP wines at the Hickory Wine Club tasting at Lake Hickory CC. RP rated 95. Deep ruby, still somewhat tight, tannic and young but really good, would definitely benefit from decanting at this point in development. Nose of white pepper, liquer and cedar. Primary flavors included more cedar then oak, anise / licorice, dark pepper, Asian spiced and smoke. This wine will develop for a very long time to come. Highly recommend this wine but this should be sat on for at least another 3-5 years.
Wow, this a burnt/smokey berry preserve thing going on along with an animilastic garrigue thing. Still fairly primary. If all this wines gives you is barntard funk, please leave on the shelf for me to buy, this stuff is pure goodness
Pegau Reserve Vertical Tasting: Dark red color with a brick red hue. Pure sweet raspberry impression on the nose. Fruity palate with raspberries, tobacco, herbs and pepper. Good length and powerful tannic finish. A perfectly balanced wine that is tight and in hiding at the moment, everything is there but the nuances are shy. Showing much potential and will definitely improve by just a few more years of cellaring.
Nez animal, la bouche révèle un vin de style traditionnel, ample et gras, de belle texture mais les tanins sont proéminents et la finale plutôt amère. Je reconnais Pegau mais sous un jour austère. Prometteur mais à attendre quelques années. J’ai des expériences variées avec ce millésime de Pegau mais la bouteille de ce soir se livre difficilement, il faudra attendre 2010-2012. 91 (+?) pts
Meaty, herbs, corn, raspberry and spice. Good texture and structure on the palate, with well balanced flavours and good length - there was some brett there but the palate wasn't less for it for my taste.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the '80s and '90s (Tabla, Portland, OR): Open ~2+ hours. Graphite and fairly tight on the nose. Big and bold on the palate, lots of big dark fruits present. Same throughout, tight on the finish but plenty of singular fruit showing along with the tannins. Again, I think this one really needed more air to open up. A fine showing, but under expectations.
Extreme barnyard, pig intestine nose for first 20 minutes. This was the second of two bottles with the same extreme funk. The first opened up nicely after about 1 hour with Kirsch and pepper. The second bottle never opened up, and became bland and lifeless after about 1 hour.
Wine Salon - Rhone (Chez Brian): Great bottle. From magnum, the freshness of the wine showed over the Beaucastel from the same vintage. Not necessarily better than the Beaucastel, but different. Laurence's CdPs are often less dark and brooding than those of Beaucastel, which I attribute to the generally lower Mourvedre content. That said, it had the usual Pegau funk/brett, with loads of garrigue and the Kirsch liqueur notes I have always liked in Pegau. Great wine, great bottle, My WOTN by a slim margin over the Beaucastel.
Okay, right off the bat, you can discount (or gross up) my rating by the fact that this is my introduction to CdP. I'm a California Rhone Ranger addict, but haven't yet plumbed the depths of the real thing. I can tell that this is a very good wine -- lots of flavor and body -- but at the same time, it has a bit of an off note to it. I don't think the bottle was flawed; I just think it's a stylistic difference. Still, enough craft to it to merit a 90 (and I'm a tough grader). We'll see what happens with my other CdP's.
2000 Domaine du Pegau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuveé Réservée. alc 13.5%, $45: An interesting note..across the top of the label it reads "an estate bottled cotes du rhone table wine"??... Decanted for about an hour...nose of pepper and poop (meant in the most flattering of ways)...the palate just sings with leather, blood, hint of iodine, iron, pepper, dark bittersweet chocolate and so much more...very rich and smooth but powerful...drinking extremely well and was great with the steak..a wonderful showing and equal to really great bottles of the '98 versions that I have had...to hell with Cab with steak...give me Pegau!!
Took this bottle to the Beachhouse Restaurant on Kauai with Haggis and our wives. 2nd time I have had this. This has really opened up in the last 3 years. A little bit of classic Rhone funk on the nose at first. Aropmas of bitter red fruit. Purple red color. Moderately tannic. This wine was filled with wet loam and a very earthy texture. Notes og red currant, plum and coffee. Full bodied with a long finish. Excellent. Could still use some time in the bottle though. Another 5 years will do this wine very well. 94 points.
NOSE: classic CdP! barnyard, funk, spice, dark loganberry ... still youthful bouquet.
BODY: dark garnet color; medium-full bodied; clear.
TASTE: Unbelievable how youthful this wine still is: some leather, dark raspberry, garrigue; ample spice and a hint of earth. This baby is packed!! 40-45 second finish...this is only going to get better. I would love to see how this is going 10 years from now. Not for the faint-hearted ... it nearly made mine stop! My #2 WOTN.
Blind CDP Tasting at Edina Country Club: Nose: Big leather, pepper, boysenberry, and orchid hints. Bright red fruit and pepper ~ nice but not as unique as the nose would have you expect. One of the best wines of the night however and I suspect over time will be great.
Medium+ ruby, lightening rim. Powerful rich strawberry and cherry dominated nose. Initially a hint of brett but subsumed later as it opened up. A little development now particularly the burnt sugar note and the garrigue. Much cleaner than the nose suggests. Plenty of stuffing, a velvetty texture and good length. Tannins are substantial but ripe. On the way now but with plenty of time in hand. Drink - Now and for another ten or so years.
After a rather sulky bottle two months ago this was a much better showing. Deep smoky, blackcurrant nose - almsot Northern Rhone in style and a little game. Deep complex black fruits flavour with more blackcurrants again. Quite a tannic bottle - more than in other examples. If this is an example of where this wine is heading, it is heading in an exciting direction. But it still needs at least 5 years before it peaks I think.
(from memory) Light ruby in color, simple nose but with underlying notes of red fruit, cherry liqueur and spice, silky, smooth and balanced on the palate, not as concentrated as expected but certainly deep, nuanced and smooth, medium finish
Rich purple with a garnet edge...decanted for an hour and change in the cellar...a lot of fruit on opening that evolved after sitting to show more light textures of earth and animal notes...not brett, just that firmness of personality that went well with the fruit. Medium entry that accelerated at mid palate with layers of personality and a very nice medium tannic framework that took it from midpalate to a lingering finish. While this was all to ready to go...I sensed a substance that was holding back...went great with roasted rack of lamb.
Served this at a tasting lunch that also featured Moraga, the Bel-Air based vineyard. The 1999 Moraga served from Imperial was excellent Cali-cab blend that was drinking beautifully. It was interesting to watch the reactions of the Cali-cab afficionados when they stuck their noses into a glass of this and were transported from Spago to a barnyard in Southern France. Great nose, great balance. Will be excellent for years.
Thanksgiving w/ family and friends. Big, sweet, full-throttle, dark fruit. Much riper than the last bottle I tasted, roughly 3 years ago (see TN). Slightly gamy/horsey on the nose. Initially showed some heat on the finish, but improved with 2-3 hours of air. Very rich and concentrated. Long, tannic finish. This ultimately comes off as a touch roasted, and seems to be in a bit of an awkward stage at the moment.
Rhones at Catal (Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar, Anaheim, CA): This was pretty tight but what came threw was very fruity aromas with light baking spice. The palate was very identifiably Grenache with a bitter finish. This picked up on a later visit adding some spicey pepper notes. Still more on the fruity forward side in profile but clearly needs some more bottle time.
At first whiff, I was glad that it didn't show brett, which I have noticed in the past. Strong Asian spices framing a core of ripe, sweet fruit. Tannins are soft. After a couple of hours, the spice receded with more fruit showing. Started out good, but turned out better.
Lilting aromas of fall leaves, earth, red fruit. Palate is rich and focused, red fruit and crisp acidity. Giving up the goods still, but like my bottle from last fall, it tightens at the two hour mark.
13.5% alcohol. A stunningly good Chateauneuf. Dark red color. Intense nose of black fruit, some barnyard, loads of minerals, and earth. Beautifully concentrated yet elegant in the mouth, with no sharp edges and a luscious fruit profile. The intense complexity that backs it up was terrific. Good acidity. Wonderfully long finish that had just a touch of creaminess to it. This was such fine stuff ... you kept drinking it and drinking it. Just went down easily. Very tasty. A-/A
This seems to be entering a new phase. The sweet fruit that was there a year ago now seems to be going and a big, brooding peppery wine is emerging in its place. Subdued nose and just a little sulky on this showing though no loss of concentration. Not yet showing secondary characteristics. Possibly time to leave it alone for a couple of years to allow those time to develop.
Pegau Vertical (Morton's Steakhouse, Washington DC): A more primal Pegau, hinting at the elements of the 95’s bacon on the nose, but far more submerged under an ocean of bright kirsch and garrigue. The wine perhaps didn’t standout in the tasting, but I think this is because it was a bit more conservative in its leanings. Wines that are very directional often wow in big tastings, because they stand out in what they excel. The 00 is a very middle-road Pegau with harmonious elements. A good representation of what it’s about.
Medium deep. A bit of funk. Earthy black fruits. Medium weight, this bottle did not leave much of an impression (especially in comparison with the other wines we drank tonight), but it was better focused than the last one I tried. Very good at most.
2000 Janasse VV and Pegau: That trademark Pegau spiciness and acid balance is here, with a restrained nose of garrigue and dark fruit, this turned out to be an interesting contrast with the 2000 Janasse Vieille Vignes showing a very different style of CdP (sweet dark cherry). I don't clear see the raw materials for the Pegau to involve in to a strikingly more complex wine, but it is drinking very nicely now.
Very nice CdP with just a bit of age on it. Color is still very dark purple red and I get a definite hint of garrigue and provencal herbs on the nose mixed with some smoked meats and a loamy earth scent. Great nose. Flavors have a very smooth texture with a peppery touch at midpalate.
Fantastic bottle, clear improvement over previous tasting. Although no tasting note was recorded, it fifteen minutes of decanting was all that was required, but drank better after an hour and continued for the next four. Spice, earth, barn, this has everything going for it.
(at Christopher Daniel – Baltimore) Same color as the ’98. Creamy blackberry and cinnamon nose. A touch rustic. Tonight this was the least impressive of the Pegau flight. Probably would have had a different impression if drunk by itself. (90)
Dinner Chez Pelz: Showed well overall and just a great bottle of wine. I had popped, tasted, recorked, and placed the bottle back in the cellar for 5 hours. When it came out of the cellar, it wsa initially too cold, and more than one taster remarked that the wine seemed tight and a tad closed. As it warmed up, though, it showed its class. Great plum, leather, tobacco, and kirsch liqueur flavors that are followed with lots of garrigue. Firmly in the red fruit spectrum, this carries an air of old-school-ness. Lovely, lovely, lovely.
Craig and Nita's Wine Barbecue: Just missed this one - was not able to taste it. Impressions from others were very positive (perhaps the reason that the wine was gone?) - it was a good showing for this wine.
Jay's BBQ with Grammer in the house. (westchester): red WOTN for me (granted i tasted half of what was out there) red berries, meat, iron, more ready than i expected but sooo good now, rich lush fruit in the middle with good balanced acidity, true power on the finish. YUM i can drink this all night. perhaps not a long ager as the '01s are but a very very good wine that should stay at peak for another 5-7 years.
Wow. What a wonderful wine. Double decanted and let it sit for 1/2 hour before dinner. Consumed over 1 hr. This was my first real crack at a quality cdp and it was a memorable experiance. No funk at all as some have mentioned. It was singing from the first pour.
Medium color with some resolution. Started out with some funk, but cleaned up to show its lovely deep cherry fruit. Still has a solid, tannic core to help it age. Bigger than I recall it seeming a half year ago. I can understand the objection of a previous taster who called it "soupy"-in fact, this is not the most crystal clear nor precise example of Chateauneuf. Unlike him, however, in the end I thought it tasted delicious, and it was not too sweet or overripe. Excellent showing and nearing a plateau of maturity.
Brought to Bis ON Main for a night out on the town.
Briefly opened for air and we delved in. finely grained tannins, the familiar Pegau grenache hit, but more subdued and elegant with roasted rabbit. I passed a glass to Ed Murray who was very kind and brought a generous pour of 05 Duhart Milon. I can see the 00 as in a good grove here; no need to wait like the 01--these can be decanted and enjoyed.
Like an idiot, I read Levenberg's review below and said, "Hmmm...maybe I should try a bottle." Needed a lot of air to really show anything. Very tight with classic iron, raspberry/strawberry Grenache notes. Lots of energy on the midpalate, but not giving much. Still quite tannic, but it's pretty sweet. The ripeness level is correct -- ripe for sure, but not overwhelming. Overall, I feel I barely got a glimpse of this over 2+ hours. Seems pretty classic to me at this point. Everything was where it should be; balanced -- don't touch for at least 5 years.
*Mental Note: Add 30-40 points to any KLEV note on CdP.
Beautiful showing. Still brooding dark color, still a little young and closed. But promising so much ahead. Superbe nose of ripe dark berries along with lavander, soy/asian sauces, leather, and thankfully, for me, not a bit of barn yardy stink. A gorgeous expression of chateauneuf du pape. A beautiful paring with lamb chops.
With Jim and Aiden at Fairway. Decanted two hours. Sweet earthy funk interwoven with raspberry fruit and touches of leather and dried herbs. Smooth texture, very direct, tannins are softening but still in the picture. Then the wine just shuts down. Needs a lot more time.
Served at an offline in SF. Opened and decanted. Showing some clarity at the edge of the glass. Dried fruit on the nose. On the palate: dried fruit and dried flowers with a somewhat sharp finish. Good to Very Good.
Mmm, decanted for about 90 minutes and served with a veal shoulder braised in white wine and aromatics, roasted root veggies, and brown rice. Super-ripe, spicy, intense palate. Just deliciously round and complex, a gorgeous example of a truly indulgent wine. Still in its adolescence but starting to get quite fun.
This is a fantastic Pegau. Opaque black/purple with a soaring nose dominated by boysenberries and black raspberries, tar, tobacco, garrigue. Unmistakbly province... In the mouth, rich and intense, balanced, very flavorful and long.
Classy wine. My wine of the tasting. Continued to open up throughout the evening asdding additional layers of complexity. Finished on day 2 and it was just beautifull. I only wish I had more than I do.
What a beauty! Still a saturated garnet, almost black at the core. Nose is getting rich and opening up now, with black raspberry fruits and syrup, cherries, hints of toffee and leather, grilled meats, spicy garrigue elements, and tar. Equally powerful and complex in the mouth, with a long, soft finish. Lacks the "precision" I look for from Pegau in the very top vintages, but a really hedonistic pleasure right now and for another five years or so.
Tasted March 8, 2008. Opened and served immediately. Garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of potpourri, black berries and white pepper. Flavors of rich and juicy berries and cherries. Still a bit on the primary side but obviously good potential here based on pedigree. Vibrant acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full body. Continue to hold.
No where near ready. Decanted one hour. Had one pour shortly after opening and a second pour a couple hours later. Second pour showed slight improvement. Good color, very slight on the nose and palate. Good balance and no noticable heat. I would say at least 5 years before I will try again. Probably rate higher when ready.
I certainly agree with others , this is a fine wine. Strong aromas of tar, iodine, and beef blood. The wine is black opaque. Lovely silky body, strong willed and sturdy matched with the bbq roast chicken thighs. Yum for me, but sandra found it a bit intense.The tannic bite still shows, but i wanted to try this at mid-maturity. I think i enjoy pegau older.
Popped and poured. Initially very muted on the nose with not much showing thru at all. After about 45 minutes, earth and spice started to show thru. After an hour, excellent pallate dominated by dark cherry, spice, and leather. Delicious
ending the year in style (chicago, ward's apartment): nose: real interesting nose with smoke notes, baconfat, crushed blueberry. also getting hints of underbrush, wild cherry, anise, and ever slight notes of cracked pepper. really wonderful nose with tons going on
taste: really big mouth. THe tannins are just massive on this still, and this had been sitting out for a while before we dug into it. Getting Pepper, anise, lots of dark fruit, and underbrush on the mouth.
overall: this is something special. the tannins are still really big on this, so this one has a ton of life left in it. Along with bringing all of those wonderful flavors, it also gives a insanely long finish.
Not much to add to the choir's praise of these young but delicious wine. We opted to decant just prior to serving. Despite it's youth, it showed sophistication and class. I'm very pleased I chose this wine to open. It got better and better, continuing to add layers of expressive bright fruit with nice leather and garrigue notes. Very little barnyard in this bottle (like night and day compared to first release '99). Suffice it to say this is simply a classy wine that offers incredible pleasure at the moment.
With beef paprikash... Great leathery nose with a hint of sweetness. Rich with bittersweet chocolate notes and meat/leather and blood on the palate. Great with the dish. Still young but very enjoyable now
Youthful fairly dark color without any fading. Attractive complicated nose with mint, green olive, candied dark fruit, and animal elements-definitely says "Chateauneuf". Initially, the acidity was a little tart, but this resolved as the bottle warmed from cellar temperature. Medium body, ripe but not overripe fruit with some remaining tannins. This was another 2000 Chateauneuf that surprised me with its restraint and elegance compared to my expectations. I liked it but was not as bowled over as many other tasters have been.
Another great 2000, these are drinking so well it's tough to keep my hands off 'em. Great concentration and balance, with no hint of brett. Dark fruit pours out of the glass, tobacco, tar, and licorice follow. Long finish. Great match for a savory dish.
A lovely wine, hitting its peak now. Deep burgundy. Complex nose offers aromas of grilled meat, black cherries and raspberries, garrigue, musk. Fruit is ripe but nicely framed by acidity, with a note of resin. As the wine opened up with air, the resin faded into a spicy backdrop, and notes of tobacco and licorice emerged. Great stuff -- glad I have a few more!
Wineflock - Chateauneuf du Pape 2000-2003 (Dennis'): Group #1, My #1 - Full opaque crimson red color. Lovely lithe red fruit briar and spice nose with pepper notes. Wow! Lovely rich spicy red fruit - tons of complexity and great pepper notes. Reminiscint of a great Cote Rotie. 95-96 pts.
First glass after 75 minutes in the decanter. To die for nose here. Dark, musky, leathery, brooding...a past note here says masculine...Yes, that too. Smells like fall to me, always has. Palate is surprisingly lush, not gushing fruit, but lush and rich with red fruit and pepper and iron. Tannins are here, but unobtrusive for the most part. Finish is chewy, lingers in all corners of the mouth. A youngin', but a tasty one. WOTN for me. Only wine open, but it'd be WOTN over most of my cellar anyway (sans the '01). Update later.
Tasted November 10, 2007 at an offline. From magnum. Quick notes: this mag seemed more ready from my cellar than the previous one tasted (maybe cellar temps?). A longer decant would have really opened this bottle up. Good CDP. Definitely entering its drinking window but these should have a very long life.
Opened for some casual sipping with a freind. I had read that the wine was ready & open for business, but other folks must have warmer cellars than I do because the wine is still incredibly young. Long on deep cherry & earth, with just an accent of warm leather, it took over 6 hours for the wine to really blossom at all & even then it tasted like newly released CNdP. This wine needs lots of time. It still has tons of potential, but it's not showing even 10% of what it's got right now.
Nose-whore that I am, I was suprised to find that my enjoyment of this wine had less to do with its bouquet and more to do with what I experienced on the palate. Lush texture, concentrated flavors, impeccable balance, deceptive structure (tannins so sweet - you think they're not there), and a persistent finish. Edged out the 2000 Beau and slammed the 1999 for my WOTN.
decanted at the restaurant--a very romantic spot in the Pike Place Market that evoked Paris with dim streetlights, a wet brick road and foggy evening. The wine was up and down. At times really sweet, full of vigor and flavo. Sometimes it seemed that and the power faded. This wasn't the same wine experience as earlier this year; the only other factor could have been the gut bomb I was experiencign from a "dads event" earlier at our daughters preschool. I will check back as we have 5 left in the cellar. Still Karen's fav--can't wait to visit next Spring!
Just another weekend in leadville..; 9/28/2007-9/30/2007 (Leadville, CO): This was drunk over two days and really took some time to unwind but when it did, yaazow, it’s some killer juice. Garrigue, garrigue and more garrigue show up on the nose and mix with spice, licorice, pepper and tree bark notes. The palate really shines and has gobs of rich fruit overlaying some serious structure. Rich, deep and amazing long, this is an outstanding bottle of wine.
Deep crimson to the rim. Immediately there is the roasted peanut, pine resin nose that makes this such a unique CdP. The palate is deep, brooding and well structured. There is plenty of fruit intensity to this bruiser. Just a pup.
Verticale Pegau La robe ne montre pas de trace d’évolution, plutôt foncée pour un vin avec 80 % grenache. Le nez est assez animal, avec un peu de fruit noir, mûres (surprise ici, d’habitude c’est cerise ou fraises ces CNP traditionnels). La bouche est ample, la texture étonnamment souple, certain tannins en finale qui seront plus évidents avec l’aération. Un Pegau civilisé, moins profond que les autres du groupe il m’a semblé, un peu plus fin. 90-92 pts
I had this wine with friends at the Bull Branch Restaurant in Lynchburg Virginia. I had a sirloin strip steak with french fries. The wine showed extremely well, with a wonderful bouquet of spice, garrique, herbs of Provence-very seductive. The texture of the wine was fantastic and typical of Pegau. Grest concentration with balance and plenty of flavor. What a treat! and made the evening. Drinking well now, with plenty of life left.
Drinking really well now. Had next to a 2003 for comparison. Difficult to pick a winner between the two. Both were excellent with the 2003 having more upront fruit at this stage in their lives. Will the 2003 be better at the same age?
Exploring Chateauneuf-du-Pape @ Peter Z. (Belgium): Tightly wound at the moment, aromatics are hard to pin down and describe now. Anyhow, this is ripe, lush and sweet. Still rather tannic, but I hear this is already getting better, integration has started. Very good wine. 17/20
Explosive nose on opening - shuts down a little after a 3 hour decant but lovely aromas of red fruits, garrigue, blackcurrants and cumin. Just beginning to uncoil - still lots of mouth drying tannins, ripe ones, with a lovely juicy sweet, earthy flavour of red fruits with a black tinge - deep and intense, great sweetness and great concentration. Not shut down, enjoyable now, but still some way to go yet. This will be sensational when it reaches its plateau around 2012 and will probably merit a score of 95+.
On the nose that familiar resinous pine note with wild herbs and a meaty, redcurrant undertow. On the palate this wine is really singing... a decent acidity and savory, red fruit medium bodied palate. You can taste the rosemary. It rolls on for a while with old oak taste. A lovely earthy wine with class but a solid rustic character. Yummy.
Had a bottle six months ago that agreed with many comments in this thread (deep red/black fruit, pepper, minerals, herbs, etc). This one however, purchased from another location, was not skunked but so very different from before that we kept checking the bottle to make sure it was 2000 Pegau Reservee CDP. After two hour decant the smell was slabs of meat, bacon fat, and a bit of barnyard. Over the next four hours, it kept changing, getting more funky with smoked sausage and more pronounced barnyard with wet leaves and earth, and eventually with more air, plum, black pepper, and char grill - but still in the background. The flavors came together better over the course of the night, and overall it rated fairly rich, fairly well balanced, and with a decent lengthy dry finish. This still seems outside typical bottle variation. My conclusion is this bottle may have been slightly to mildly cooked enough to change the prominence of fruit in the profile, but the structure and other characteristics were still there. The cork was fully intact.
Boy oh boy, this was drinking MUCH younger than I expected after the wide open showing in February. Spicy, intense, loaded with white pepper, ripe plums, black fruit, the usual Pegau party in a glass. Just needs more time or a LOT more than 90 minutes of air.
Despite reading recent comments on ebob that this wine is open and singing, I found this a bit closed and tannic. Showed hints of what it can be, but never fully integrated into its full potential. Could have stood a longer decanting period.
Consumed with Linda and Mike Garrison at Blanca Restaurant (Solana Beach), with the bottle being from my personal cellar. My entree was dry-age New York steak, while others enjoyed the wine with lamb and turbot. The wine was double-decanted (being aerated in decanter for 90 minutes in the process) and showed relatively light sediment. While a formal note was not made, it can be said that the wine was amazingly enjoyable, comparable to 5/22/06 and 9/16/06.
Fabulous stuff. Decanted for over four hours and it still improved after pouring into our glasses. Complex, yet subtle tastes of red and dark berries. The nose is so good that you don't even have to drink it to naturally sigh and smile in pleasure.
Powerfully aromatic with tons of red fruit leaping out of the glass, backed by complicating notes of leather and earth. Palate was perfectly balanced, wonderful texture, lengthly finish and deep fruit. Obviously this will develop further, yet this is tough to resist now. Wish I had more.
Paul Pazdan Off-Line (34th Street Cafe (Austin, TX)): From magnum. Nice nose and very similar to the 1999 in many ways, but it lacked the brett and was clearly less evolved. I could taste the Grenache a lot and this wine was opened early in its life. My guess is that it'll be at peak much later then the 1999. Still, great wine that will reward those who are patient.
My folks visited so why not enjoy a bottle that pleases everyone! Decanted 2 hours and the wine was singing--raw meat, herbs and some dirt/earth on the finish--along with that brambly twang I just love in this wine. Years of pleasurable drinking ahead.
This wine continues to show almost perfect balance of fruit and spicy garrigue. There is a real freshness and vibrancy on the nose and palate. Long finish. Still somewhat primary but this is so delectable now. Fabulous.
Domaine du Pegau Tasting at Wild Ginger with Laurence Féraud (Seattle, WA): In terms of sheer pleasure, this was the wine of the night. Wowza, what a nose, just a little horsey and then ripe with soy, hoisin, and an emerging smoky, roasted personality. Sultry stuff! The palate is RIPE!!!! Screaming of Grenache, this is packing loads of pleasure right now, a fantastic showing!
Popped and poured the first day. It was musty in a good way - damp leaves, rotting wood, mushroom. Lots of Christmas spice - cinnamon, clove. Some raspberry fruit, but very earthy. On the second day showed sappy cherry and raspberry, spices and dark wood. The finish showed dried fruits and a slightly porty edge. I preferred it on day one.
Omigod! Decanted over five hours before serving with Osso Buco. This was bright red and was translucent enough that it looked like it couldn't possibly have all the flavor and extraction it showed. Cherries and other red and dark fruits. Powerful and complex while being soft at the same time. Tannins, fruit, acid, fragrance, all in balance, leaving a long, lovely finish. Surpassed the 2001 Mordoree that followed. This is a wine that is more than very good. It's Fabulous!
Popped and poured. This had all the essential elements: big briary fruit, meaty mid-palate and a nice peppery finish. All on a beam of lush, sweet tannins. Drank too early in its life to be sure, but we needed something to follow the extraordinary 98 Mont Olivet Cuvee Papet and this did the trick. 92+
A good friend, who is just beginning to explore wine, came over and asked, "Can you tell me about...Chateauneuf du Pape?". After exploring lots of TNs on the eBob web site and BB, naturally we decided to open a representative example. With a merry fire crackling in the fireplace and cheeses at the ready, we and our spouses sampled this Pegau. Dark, dense purple color. Nose of garrigue, pepper, and strawberry/bing cherry. The palate was open and exhibited red fruits, tar, pepper, minerals, and a beam of semi-sweetness which held on nicely through the finish. Tannins were deep and fine-grained, lending stature to the experience. The finish itself was long and flavorful. Wonderful wine! And I think my friend is hooked.
Decanted approx 2 hours before serving, but i think it could have benefited from more. As it was the wine only just began to reveal what it has by the end of the evening. It is stacked with kirsch, dried herbs, soy, plenty of Rhone funk, and persistent though soft tannins. Quite good now, this will be much better in a couple of years.
drank with dinner. Dissapointing, as I love their wines. Perhaps going through a dumb stage, or maybe I'm being charitable. the fruit wasn't as strong and clear as other bottles I've had and the finish was unspectacular. Not a bad wine by any means but not what I'd hoped.
Possibly a defective bottle. Close and tight, I got barely any aromatics. A few hours later, it just got worse. Considerably and very aggressive swirling were required to bring out a hint of dark red cheery. I opened a bottle a year ago and it was a night and day difference. Very disappointing, need to try another bottle.
I know there was a movie called "Gone In 60 Seconds"....but this wine was gone in pretty close to that time. Outstanding, perfectly balanced, elegant and ready to be enjoyed...sure 5-6 more years will serve this wine well, but it's definitely open for business now.
much better than the last experience. left it at room temperatur ein bottle for a couple of hours and then decanted and left to air for another 3 hours. opened up nicely. sweet tannins. quite ready to drink.
Opened this last night to accompany a T-Bone steak, rice and greenbeans...as I have been left alone to guard the house and entertain the twins for 48 hours... This wine is open for business. I had a mental block for opening this after a terribly corked bottle in January. Deep dark red fruits dominate with classic Pegau aromas of earth, funk, spice, garrigue, a touch of black olives and bandaid. Beautifully balanced - persistent in the finish with grip and finesse. I think some years will improve the wine a bit, but boy, is it luscious now.
Memorial Day Eclectica: Dark ruby red. A bit reserved on the nose initially, with dark, very pure fruits dominating, but with about 20 minutes of air, the spice and kirsch notes really move to the front. In the mouth, this is a powerhouse, very spicy, intensely flavored, a clear step up from the otherwise thoroughly enjoyable Usseglio CdP from 2001. The 2000 Pegau Reservee doesn't show the distinct minerality that the 2001 and 2003 show, but otherwise it isn't far behind, with a marked improvement in its spiciness and flavor intensity since the last sampling. Perhaps the best performing wine of the night in terms of its accessibility right now.
A great wine perfectly ready to drink. Extremely open and floral, with a mature bouquet of shoe polish and barnyard, with a balanced, long, medium bodied palate to match. Classic CdP that is already drinking well but should continue to drink well for a while. Just outstanding stuff.
Consumed at home with marinated tri-tip. Bright disc. Deep ruby/garnet robe with garnet rim. Clean nose, showing moderately intense aromas of chocolate, roasted herbs, black raspberry and underbrush. Full-bodied on the palate, with low-to-medium acidity, ample ripe tannins and flavors which mirror the nose. These flavors build on the mid-palate and lead to a long, smooth finish. This wine remains a gem and should continue to drink well for several more years.
Haven't had this since buying it on release. At that time it was thick like motor oil, very primary and very yummy. Decanted about 1.5 hours before dinner. First pop 'n' pour was very enticing... although the nose was muted it was unmistakably southern Rhone.. all garrigue, herbs, dark red fruit. It tasted of wonderful fruit and seemed like it would just take off from there. Interestingly, at about 1 hour it seemed to have gone to sleep. Very muted nose, and some weak fruit on the palate, with a soft, middling mouthfeel and some acidity on the finish. But it came back beautifully a half hour or 45 minutes later. Open nose of garrigue, underbrush, red fruits, earth and tar; a good medium-full palate with resolved tannins, dark red fruit flavors (if that makes any sense), chocolate, minerals, and a great finishing lift from well-integrated acidity that kept it fresh and very food friendly. Ah yes, this was terrific. Looking forward to more over the years, that's for sure!
Chicago Wine Geeks do CdP (Joe Wu's Place): Color was a bright, inky purple. Looks youtful and vibrant. On the nose very full and complete. Dark fruits, earth and loads of garrigue. Fruit is very giving on the palate. Lots of raspberry on the finish. Tannins nicely grip and check the fruit. Tied for group #2. My #4.
This is the second bottle of a new case - totally different than the old case. No old style mature bottle here and no nose of Provance, horses and garique. It is a fresh, fairly young tasting wine with much less of everything, less character and shorter aftertaste. Not at all a bad wine, but the previous case was consistently a very interesting, rustic, charming wine, so from that perspective this is a disapointment.
Fairly open but not what I would call singing. Great purity of fruit (mostly red), showing nice balance. Did not show much of the gamey, earthy funk or garrigue that I really enjoy in CdP (esp. Pegau). Hopefully, that will develop with age as this was consistent with other '00 bottles I've had.
This was a true old style mature bottle of ChNdP. Excellent. Good nose of Provance, horses and garique. Still fresh focused fruit of plums and cherries. Mouthfeel is seamless and a long interesting aftertaste.
7th Anniversary dinner at Carnegie's: We brought this wine to accompany smoked salmon with creme fraiche, fois gras with carmelized onions, roquefort-crusted beef medallions with porcini mushrooms, and osso buco with fresh basil fettucine. It was opened and decanted a mere hour before it was served and slowly savored over the course of the next 2+ hours. A fabulous and exotic nose of fennel, spice, garrigue, and black tea. The color was a rich ruby although the stemware was not ideal for either showing the wine or collecting the nose. (Live and learn...to bring stemware that is!) There is a nice core of intermingled red and black fruits peeking out from behind herbs de provence. While the first glass was somewhat muted with a clipped finish, by the time the decanter was drained, the fruit was getting rather luscious and expansive, the wine had gained weight in the mouth, and the finish had lengthened considerably. This wine is not quite in even its youthful drinking window, but it sure is giving hints that it won't be long until this window opens and lasts for a decade plus. A really enjoyable bottle of wine now with superb days ahead of it.
This is the reason some people go crazy for CdP - bold flavor, very drinkable young and well-priced. I brought it out to accompany a grilled buffalo steak at home and it was a nice match. It's youthfully purple, but not inpenetrably dark. Not much on the nose yet. But there's no shortage of extremely ripe black cherry fruit with just a hint of the famous Provencale garrigue, mostly thyme at this point. Firm backbone of acid but the tannins are smothered by the fruit. Not especially long, but thoroughly enjoyable, with the best clearly to come over the next decade or so.
Minneapolis Dinner and Tasting - Chateauneuf, Bordeaux, and Burgundy (mainly) (J.P.'s in Minneapolis): Same bottle as Siggy's TN... (Thanks, Dave!). I've had the 2000 Pegau six times now (seven if you count the barrel sample in March of 2001), and it has been fantastic every time. Old-school Chateauneuf, with a confit of black fruit, spice, and an underlying meatiness hinting at what will come with more time in bottle. This is quite broad on the palate, and balanced despite its size. I don't see this one shutting down, and I look forward to drinking the rest of my stash over the next 15+ years...
Dark reddish black color but it does exhibt an amber element when it catches the light. Big. Tannic. Nose closed but on the tongue exhibits flavors of grilled meat, tar, and black pepper. Hot, slightly bitter after taste. Recommended, but it needs more time.
Closed down. Fruit clearly muted. Horsey and earthy nose. Will wait at least a couple of years until my next bottle. Suffered with comparison to 98 Beaucastel. Decanted for 45 minutes and returned to bottle. Open bottle for 90 more minutes prior to drinking.
Decanted for about one hour. Very healthy purple-ruby color. The nose was immense and immediate: brambly black pepper, dark fruits, Asian spice, and beef blood. Just smelling it made the food (lamb) taste better. The palate remained more closed. Garrigue, red fruits, pepper, leather, and tar were all present in a pleasing array, not quite balancing out the structured tannins at this stage of the game. Satisfying finish. Immense potential, and delightful now. Will probably wait 2 to 3 years for the next one, or decant a lot longer.
Eaten with roast chicken and gratin dauphinois in the company of Nigel Williams at Rotisserie Jules (excellent cheap and BYO). A rich bright scarlet, this was double decanted some 3 hours before dinner. A lovely ripe nose of iodine, cassis and all things good. A rich but lovely balance, bright and voluptuous, young and rich, charming and open. Drinking this was like a holiday in the south of france. Following the Chave tasting this shone and was quickly polished off. This is such a lovely wine.
$33 full retail. Had not opened a bottle of the '00 in a while. It's drinking well right now, but should be better after a few more years... IMO. Fairly open, though still unevolved on the nose: licorice and dark fruit. Ripe, though still old-school / traditional on the palate, with excellent balance and structure to suggest a long future... Very nice, and an interesting comparison to the '94, tasted side-by-side.
A few weeks ago, a thread developed enthusiasticly detailing that the wine is open for business. As we were having kalbi marinated ribs, it seemed the perfect match.
Decanted for 90 minutes with the nose of garrique and spice; I wouldd mention that with an almost soaked cork. However, on the palate, the wine is muted--I would say shut down. The finish is much shorter that I recall last year, with little fruit and a load of tannin. This is certainly a lovely wine to have in one's cellar--but leave it for a few years or give it a lot more time in the decanter.
Wines from Friday: Having heard recent positive notes on this, I had a chance to recommend this to a participant in our latest wine tasting. Good thing we did not decant this, as it was alive for only about 45 minutes. At first the nose showed wonderful Provencal notes of lavander, spice, olive and clove. Terrific raspberry Grenache fruit on the palate with a silky texture and friendly tannic structure. After a while everything, the nose, the palate, just shut down tight. Our entire table of 7 noted this. I left some in a decanter, and periodically checked it's process. Nothing happening through the entire course of the night until we were just about to leave (4hours after being open) the nose began to show signs of life, showing subtle hints of it's former self. I would not recommend opening bottles uness you have plenty to experiment with.
Had this wine one other time - big disappointment after all the build up. Thought I had a bad bottle, but I've still been hesitant to try another Pegau. After tonight, no more doubts. Decanted for about one hour. Medium purple in color, with a little brickish tinge. Great nose - pepper, spice, red and black fruits - very deep. On the palate, wow! Berries, leather, spice, red fruit, trace of minerlity, along with a little meat. Big, big wine. Great feel to the wine - perfectly balanced - big, chalky tannins. Definitely young, but absolutely delicious. Great combination of the youthfulness and the fruit. Long, powerful finish. Big, nose filling fruit - lots of young tannins. Great wine - now I get it!
Tried at a blind tasting. Not sure if it was decanted. An excellent wine. Solid red color. Creamy black fruit. A bit austere though. Needs time to come around. A little sickly on the finish. 91 points.
Decanted and poured. Dark ruby. Heavy, dark liquorice nose. Rich dark black cherry fruit. It has a very long spicy finish with firm, but ripe tannins. This is a big, full-bodied, powerful wine; fully open and enjoyable right now. Returning to it on Day 2, it has opened up. The fruit is much more noticable on the nose, and intense on the palate. The wine feels rounder, smoother and better integrated. dg
Absolutley delicious bottle, very open -great nose of black fruits, spice, glycerin. Great mouth-feel and long finish. Much more open than the 1998 and 2001 reservees I tried recently. No decanting, just opened and poured -great from the start but it got better and has stuffing to age.
Started dense, structured and closed, took a couple of hours in the decanter to open up. Shows lots of very dark fruit behind firm tannins, definite earth/smoke notes, long finish with black licorice as others have noted. Day two, it showed a lot more fruit and the tannins were less prominent and rounder, altogether a more integrated wine. Based on the difference between day one and two, I don't plan on opening another of these for a couple of years.
My first taste of this wine. Opened and decanted. Deep ruby in color. First impression: somewhat closed nose with hints of sweet cherry. Similar palate characteristic. After about an hour the nose sweetened up even more. Still revealing the cherry flavors but now with a touch of anise seed and wood. Maybe a touch of pepper. Long finish. An enjoyable wine but different that then stuff I am used to drinking.
Pégaü vertical tasting (Graz, Austria): Brilliant light ruby, fat tears. Warm slightly velvety fruit, bit alcohol, decent. Plump body, intense dark fruit, sappy, bit alcoholic. Long finish, velvety persistent tannins. Could become great with more resolved fruit.
Score: 50 + 4 for optic + 13 for bouquet + 17 for taste + 8 for overall = total score of 92.
Opened and immediately decanted. For about 5 minutes after opening this was all sweet black cherries, but then it was quickly overwhelmed by notes of earth, herbs, leather, and garrique. After about 3 hours of decanting, black fruits emerged again while all of the great additional flavors remained. The finish is very long and delicious.
Dark garnet in color. Opens up with a beautiful nose of kirsh, sweet leather, dried herbs and cedar. I expected more fat and fleshy wine but it finished with very drying tannic finish. Very enjoyable when paired with braised lamb.
Still had the classic Pegau nose, but was sort of upside-down. The fruit was kind of clumsy and larger than life; we didn't finish the bottle. Good, but not great today. Needs time. Try again next year, but don't expect greatness until 2010 or so.